Johnny Manziel’s CFL Contract Is Highly Incentivized, Gets No Guarantee From Coach That He Will Start

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Johnny Manziel is officially back playing football at the professional level. Yesterday afternoon, Johnny Football announced to the world that he had signed a contract to play in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Apparently Johnny’s contract with the team is highly incentivized and he will have to earn his pay all season.

Via Jason La Canfora

Manziel’s CFL contract: $122k base, $10k sign bonus, $18k housing stipend, $10k if active 6 games, $10k for 10 games active. $10k for 14 games active. Another $120k if plays half of snaps. March 1 $75k offseason bonus. 2018 $202k base w/same incentives

Johnny is also getting no guarantee that he will start over starter Jeremiah Masoli from his new coach June Jones

Via The National Post

“Let me tell you something right now, he’s got his work ahead of him to beat out Jeremiah,” Jones said of Manziel. “He’s got a lot to catch up on, but he’ll spend the time to get that done. I know he will because he’s already learned that lesson.”

Manziel is currently in training camp with the Hamilton-Tiger Cats but likely won’t get any snaps in practice for another few weeks until he gets caught up to speed with the team’s system.

As of now it seems like Manziel is a low risk investment for the Tiger-Cats. Hopefully Johnny can make things interesting in Canada but he’s been out of football for so long it’s hard to predict how good he’ll be on the field.

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