Johnny Manziel is getting a Canadian football chance.
The NFL quarterback has not seen any game time since he was released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016 and, after being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, he has played just 14 games over two seasons, Sports Illustrated noted.
The Canadian Football League (CCL) has offered him a second chance by revealing its willingness to approve a contract for him should one be negotiated.
According to a statement released by the league, representatives have been in discussions to determine whether the former Heisman trophy winner was eligible.
This comes after Manziel met with CFL commissioner Randy Ambroise in September to speak about a possible future with the league, Sports Illustrated said.
In 2016 Manziel was charged with domestic assault of former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, who claimed the footballer hit her and threatened her,Fox News noted.
The charge was later dismissed but Manziel’s name was tainted.
The CFL said this was all taken into account during its decision-making process to determine whether Manziel could be drafted into the league.
According to the statement, ongoing assessments were conducted by an “independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner.”
The CFL noted that Manziel was also required to meet a number of conditions set forth by the league.
“As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated,” the CFL said.
The Tiger-Cats released a statement acknowledging its willingness to let Manziel play should he follow the rules set forth.
“We have been notified that Johnny Manziel, on our negotiation list since September 2012, has gone through the formal process established by commissioner Randy Ambrosie, and that provided he meets the conditions laid out to him by the commissioner, is now eligible to play in the Canadian Football League in 2018 and beyond,” the statement said, according to Sporting News.
“We appreciate the CFL office and commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s due diligence in this matter. We also recognize Johnny Manziel for thus far demonstrating the attributes necessary to continue his career in our great league. We will have no further comment at this time.”