Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is attempting to jump-start his floundering career north of the border.
Manziel activated a 10-day window to force the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League to either sign him, release his rights or trade them to another CFL team, multiple media outlets reported.
Manziel is on the Tiger-Cats' negotiation list. Per CFL rules, any player on that list can demand the team to offer him a contract within 10 days. If no offer is forthcoming, the player is removed from the list.
Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy 2012 as a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M, had a number of off-field incidents that affected his public image. He also failed to play effectively in limited opportunities with the Browns after being a first-round draft choice (22nd overall).
Manziel, nicknamed "Johnny Football," completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards and seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 15 games, including eight starts, for the Browns in 2014 and 2015.