If you’re watching the starting of the XFL season, chances are high you may be questioning why Johnny Manziel, the gifted nonetheless troubled former first-round NFL Draft select, just isn’t on a roster.
Manziel has bounced around one other soccer leagues after he was launched by the Browns, along with the CFL and the now-defunct AAF. Manziel ended up participating in for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football league sooner than struggling a concussion. The league folded three days after his second sport look.
So naturally, with a model new soccer league on the horizon, many anticipated Manziel to be a participant value considering in the XFL. But he was going by means of an uphill battle as a result of it appears the XFL was not in having Manziel.
Is the XFL in Johnny Manziel?
It wouldn’t appear so. When the XFL held its participant draft, Manziel wasn’t even a participant that was given a commissioner’s invite. At least, we’ll safely assume that’s the case. We at the least know he didn’t accept an invite, nonetheless, he talked about in the earlier he was in the league, so it seems if he was given an invite he would have accepted it.
And XFL commissioner Oliver Luck acknowledged the league wouldn’t really want Manziel. He was requested by the Tampa Bay Times why Manziel and Trent Richardson weren’t drafted. Richardson did get hold of a commissioner’s invite and was eligible to be drafted.
“I would argue that the players we have are better than those guys, to be honest with you. Johnny has his own history, and we have coaches from the CFL (Canadian Football League) who have seen him close up. I watched Trent when he was with the Colts, and I watched him when he was with the AAF. He was in the draft pool. Coaches and scouts looked at him and didn’t think he was going to help their team. I think the guys we have on our teams are the best 560 that aren’t playing in the National Football League.”
Luck was requested a number of months ahead of the XFL Draft by USA Today about Manziel and his reply principally explains why the quarterback was in no way put in the draft pool.
“If eight [coaches] say, ‘we’d like that man in the league,’ we’ll put him in the league, or put him in the draft pool.” Luck acknowledged. “Whether teams draft him, that’s up to the individual head coaches.”
In completely different phrases, there wasn’t adequate interest from completely different coaches in the XFL to ship an invite to Manziel.
Daryl Johnston, director of participant personnel for the Dallas Renegades, knowledgeable the Dallas Morning News why he had no interest in signing Manziel.
“For me, the chemistry in the locker room is critical, and especially the quarterback position. He kind of sets the tone, especially for the offensive side of the ball, but really for the whole team. There is so much added responsibility that goes with the face, goes with the voice of the franchise. And I haven’t seen that from Johnny on a consistent basis that I would feel comfortable committing to him.”
Is Johnny Manziel in the XFL?
This was a number of months in the previous (June 2019), nonetheless, Manziel did categorical interest in the XFL.
“It would be very cool (to reunite),” Manziel knowledgeable KRIV-TV, referring to June Jones, coach of the Houston Roughnecks. “Coach Jones is a great guy. Enjoyed him from an offensive standpoint, from a personal standpoint. He’s been there for me, especially when I was in Hamilton, getting to a new place, a different country. I enjoyed my time with him very thoroughly, and I think it would be a great opportunity. … I leave a lot of that stuff up to my agent. We’ll just let those things play out, you know? I think I’m in a good place personally. I’ve been doing the right things. When the opportunity presents itself moving forward, we’ll see how things go.”
Also, all through Vince McMahon’s announcement of the new soccer league, Manziel tweeted about the XFL.
But the night sooner than the starting of the XFL season, Manziel sounded bitter about not being in the league. One of his followers requested if Manziel considers playing in the XFL, and he referred once more to Luck’s quote about not being ample to play in the league.
He then continued to tweet by mocking the XFL, saying the league was going to fold as the AAF did
ComebackSZN nonetheless alive if y’all ain’t know. Just not participating in for another league that’s going to fold on you midway through the season
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 8, 2020
If I in no way select up a ball as soon as extra it’s all love. I was the most lit, most relatable faculty soccer participant to ever do it. Did points my method and made it method extra than I ever would possibly of imagined. The sport gave me life and I’ll ceaselessly be grateful
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 8, 2020
UPDATE: The night sooner than the starting of Week 3, Manziel expressed interest in the XFL. He tweeted, “Oliver Luck. If ya wanna boost your ratings to another level just send me the contract tomorrow and we’re in there. Like I said YEARS ago… XFL2020 gives the people what they want.”
This is a complete 180 from the tweets he despatched merely earlier in the month when he acknowledged he wasn’t going to play for a league that’s going to fold. But probably Manziel saw the rankings from the XFL and realized that this league just isn’t on the verge of folding like the AAF was.
Oddly, Manziel ended up deleting his whole Twitter account after sending that tweet. As we talked about in this textual content, the XFL has expressed no interest in signing Manziel so far. We doubt his back-and-forth tweets on the matter will affect whether or not or not Luck in the finish invites him to play.