Manziel re­leased, barred from other CFL teams

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Johnny Manziel’s time in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League is over.

The CFL ter­mi­nated the 2012 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner’s con­tract with the Mon­treal Alou­ettes on Wed­nes­day. The league also in­formed the eight other teams that it wouldn’t reg­is­ter a con­tract for Manziel if any tried to sign him. The league said Manziel had vi­o­lated an agree­ment that made him el­i­gi­ble to play in the CFL.

“I want to thank (Alou­ettes coach Mike Sher­man), my team­mates and the CFL fans,” Manziel tweeted. “My time there re-es­tab­lished my love for the game of foot­ball and the work that goes into it. I look for­ward to ex­plor­ing new op­tions within the United States.”

One op­tion could be the Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball, which kicked off its in­au­gu­ral sea­son ear­lier this month. Manziel said he was in­trigued by the prospect of play­ing in that or Xtreme Foot­ball League, which be­gins op­er­a­tion next year.

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