The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded quarterback Johnny Manziel to the Montreal Alouettes in a move that will reunite Manziel with the former Texas A&M coach who recruited him to the school, Mike Sherman.
In the deal, Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice were sent to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022.
“We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a official statement. “With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence.”
“This is a move both Kavis Reed and I felt we needed to make at this time,” Sherman said.
“Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team.
“I look forward to reuniting with Johnny again and working with him.”
Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Tiger-Cats in May and now heads to Montreal who saw starting quarterback Drew Willy leave Saturday’s 25-8 loss to the Calgary Stampeders with a hand injury.
Montreal is also without Jeff Mathews for four to six weeks because of a foot injury.
Alouettes Release Johnny Manziel
The Montreal Alouettes have released former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Apparently, Manziel violated his contract with the Alouettes, according to the team.
With the AAF in play, and the XFL arriving next season, it is likely that Manziel is looking to latch on with either of those two leagues as opposed to continuing to play in the CFL.
However, if Manziel is looking to draw significant interest his play in the CFL left much to be desired.
Manziel appeared in 8 games for Montreal during his tenure, throwing 5 touchdowns verse 7 interceptions, certainly disappointing numbers that won’t elicit much excitement.
Argonauts Sign Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson
Get ready for an endless amount of toilet jokes and bathroom humor because the Toronto Argonauts have signed defensive tackle Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson, according to an official team announcement.
Johnson, 26, has played 25 games over two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after trying to latch on to NFL teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.
Toronto has been revamping their defensive line and Johnson is another addition that they hope will aid them in their efforts.
Eskimos’ Mike Reilly Joins 25,000 Passing Yards Club
Edmonton Eskimos’ signal caller Mike Reilly joined the 25,000 passing yards club on Saturday night after throwing for 424 yards in a 40-24 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.
“First 30 minutes, we came out swinging. I thought the guys executed great, guys were making plays all over the field,” Reilly said, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.
Despite his stellar performance, the Edmonton offensive line struggled throughout the game with protection, allowing the Alouttes to collect 5 sacks throughout the game, making Reilly’s job that much more difficult in the victory.
“Credit to Montreal. They dialled up the pressure a little bit at the end of the second quarter, and that continued on, really, for the rest of the game,” Reilly said. “Our guys did a good job at picking it up and putting points on the board, but they were a little harder to come by than they were in the first half.”
The victory over Montreal, along with his milestone performance, comes just a few days before Reilly and his wife are expecting their second child.
“It’s going to be nice for the next two days to focus on family,” Reilly stated. “Super excited to welcome another little girl into this world. It’ll be short lived though as we go back to work on Monday evening, and we’ve got a short week before heading out to Hamilton.”
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