The Hamilton Tiger-Cats reportedly put the 2012 Heisman Trophy victor through workouts in Buffalo, New York, but did not sign him due to “too many red flags”.
According to TSN, the Tiger-Cats worked Manziel out during their bye week on August 23 and August 24 and put him through “a series of physical and medical tests”.
The source said the deal could take some time for Hamilton, which needs quarterback help after an 0-8 start to the season. “We’re not signing Johnny right now”. “One thing to remember, despite Manziel’s college accomplishments, is that his skill set didn’t necessarily translate well to the National Football League”.
Manziel has not played in the National Football League since being released by the Cleveland Browns in 2015.
Manziel, who was out of football past year, faced a four-game suspension entering the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The charge, stemming from an altercation with an ex-girlfriend, could result in a personal conduct suspension if Manziel returns to the NFL.
“Too many red flags”, a source told TSN.
The Tiger-Cats have lost their first eight games of the season and hired former Hawaii coach June Jones last week as their head coach.
According to a source, the Ticats plan to keep Manziel on their negotiation list. The CFL team meant to hire former embattled Baylor football coach Art Briles as offensive coordinator earlier this week before reversing its decision. The Tiger-Cats also hold the rights to free-agent quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.