HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats confirmed Sunday that they have officially began negotiations with international quarterback Johnny Manziel.
In a team-issued statement, the Tiger-Cats said:
“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.”
In late December, the Canadian Football League confirmed that Commissioner Randy Ambrosie would approve a contract for Manziel should one be negotiated after the free agent quarterback engaged in “an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview”.
Following the league’s statement, the Tiger-Cats had 10 days by which to either sign Manziel or at minimum offer him a contract in order to retain his negotiation rights. Today’s statement came on the final day of that window.
As negotiations continue, Manziel stoked speculation over the weekend posting on his instagram for the first time in months and hinting at a comeback, even putting a Canadian flag emoji in response to some of the comments.