HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Earlier this winter June Jones said he thought Johnny Manziel could be, "the best player to ever play up here," when asked about the prospect of bringing the Heisman winner to the CFL. Now the Canadian Football League has confirmed they're in negotiations to make that happen.
The league confirmed on Sunday that they are attempting to negotiate a contract with Manziel - they've owned rights to the quarterback for years. While neither side has reached a deal yet, the Tiger-Cats could retain rights to Manziel if they make a qualifying offer by noon, per Canadian Football League rules.
The team addressed the move in a statement:
"As per the negotiation list process, Johnny Manziel and his agent recently notified the Tiger-Cats that they had activated the 10-day window during which the Tiger-Cats must offer him a contract or lose his negotiation list rights. That window closed today and we can confirm that we made an offer to Manziel, and that his rights will remain on our negotiation list while discussions with he and his agent continue. We will have no further comment."
Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns in March of 2016. He has not played since.