The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor will go through the AAF waiver system, per Schefter, after the San Antonio Commanders renounced his college allocation rights.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Manziel had signed a player agreement with the AAF, adding that Manziel will go through the league's waiver system since the Commanders released his college allocation rights. Manziel was released by the CFL on February 27, citing Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".
Teams with the worst records in the league will get the chance to pick him up, according to ESPN. The Express lost quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Saturday, who left after their first offensive snap with an ankle injury - according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The Express next plays vs. Birmingham on March 24 in Memphis. It was his first football action since he was released by the NFL's Cleveland Browns following the 2015 season.
He went on to sign with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2017.
The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy victor last played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018, where he threw for almost 1,300 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games. He entered the 2013 National Football League draft, and was selected No. 22 overall by the Browns.