Johnny Manziel has already made it known that he’s interested in playing for the XFL. Then again, at this point he’s interested in playing in any league that has an F in it.
Thing is, he has ‘effed up in the previous three leagues so badly—the NFL, CFL, and that week and half in the AAF—the real question is whether the XFL wants him.
“I don’t know that yet,” XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck says. “That remains to be seen.”
And Johnny is off to a bad start considering he didn’t receive an invitation to one of the currently-ongoing XFL showcases.
But that doesn’t mean the league won’t pursue signing him.
“There are a lot of guys that played in the AAF and played all seven games or whatever they had,” Luck said. “We didn’t invite them here because we’ve got enough tape on them. So Johnny has some tape, right? Whether it’s Canada — and we have two coaches from the CFL, [Marc] Trestman and June Jones. Or there’s college. What he did obviously in the NFL.”
Still, they can look at all the game tape they want of players like Landry Jones—former backup to Ben Roethlisberger and Derek Carr—and see the NFL numbers he put up.
But the fact is, Manziel will put up more important numbers—Nielsen numbers.
Which is why once the XFL is done auditioning talented QB’s, they will find a place for Manziel because the XFL needs viewers to watch them.