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Its not uncommon for CFL teams to pick up the rights to American players "just in case" they become available to play up in the Great White North.  These rights almost never get exercised, though there will always be an Andre Rison or Ricky Williams or Chad Ochocinco or Andrew Hawkins who heads up north to try to resurrect their careers.  But 9 times out of 10 (hell, 99 out of 100) the CFL team who holds the rights to a specific NFL player almost never gets that player.


But something weird is going on in Hamilton (ON).


The Tiger-Cats, who holds the rights to NFL laughingstock Johnny Manziel, has been making moves to seemingly free up room on their roster (and their salary cap) to bring that idiot up to play for them this season.  The Ti-Cats have just traded away their starting QB.....


Linky: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/hamilton-tiger-cats-trade-qb-amid-reports-of-negotiations-with-johnny-manziel/


Hamilton Tiger-Cats trade QB amid reports of negotiations with Johnny Manziel

The CFL approved a contract between the Tiger-Cats and Manziel if they're able to agree on a deal
by Kevin Skiver    18h ago, CBSSports.com 

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded their quarterback Zach Collaros to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for a second-round draft pick, thus clearing the way for Johnny Manziel to sign with the Ti-Cats. Last week, the CFL said that if Manziel comes to terms with a new team, it will allow the contract, making the timing of the move conspicuous.

Collaros is expected to be franchise quarterback for the Roughriders, while the Tiger-Cats have been reported to be in negotiations with Manziel. Hamilton is also looking to re-sign starter LB Jeremiah Masoli, who played in every game last season. 

Keep in mind, Collaros likely would have been lost regardless of the Manziel side of things. The move also sheds salary for the Tiger-Cats, who likely would have lost Collaros in free agency. However, the move is certainly indicative of a Money Manziel age approaching in the CFL, and people have taken notice.

Hamilton has won eight Grey Cups, but it hasn't won any since 1999. Perhaps a change of scenery will do both Manziel and the Tiger-Cats well, as Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner who was drafted by the Browns in 2014 and played in 15 games for them in two seasons, looks to resurrect his career with a team that could really use a spark.

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Never liked Manziel but if this actually happens, I can see myself tuning into some cfl this year. Id be interested to see how he fares. 

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