WATCH FULL PRESSER Johnny Manziel’s will he/won’t he journey to the CFL has concluded just in time for him to join his new team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, as they open their training camp on Sunday. While it’s the highest profile signing the league has seen since Ricky Williams landed with the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, Manziel’s move to Canada will create a ripple effect across the league.
It starts in Hamilton, where the Ticats will have to figure out where Manziel fits in a roster that was built without him a part of the team through the last six months. Ticats coach June Jones hitched his wagon to Jeremiah Masoli almost immediately after taking on the job at the midpoint of last season.
He’d stayed committed to Masoli through the off-season, when the club re-signed him to a two-year deal on Jan. 4, naming him the team’s starting quarterback.
While confident over the last couple of weeks that they would work out a deal with Manziel, the Ticats’ football ops team has been just as confident that Manziel would be willing to back up Masoli and learn the nuances of the Canadian game. Sticking with Masoli as the starter could take some of the frenzy out of Manziel’s arrival, which could garner a level of media attention that CFL teams only come close to seeing during Grey Cup week.
Either way, Manziel’s arrival will cast an infinitely different shadow on the team and especially the QB spot. There will be a constant outside chatter around Masoli now (much of it from casual fans or those that just want to see Manziel on the field, regardless of Masoli’s play). Read more from cfl.ca…
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