Former Packers coach Mike Sherman reunited with Johnny Manziel in CFL

Posted July 24, 2018

While Sherman, in his first season with the Als, is best known as the former head coach and GM of the Green Bay Packers, he also was responsible for convincing Manziel to change his college commitment from the University of OR to Texas A&M while Sherman coached there. Masoli tied a CFL record with nine straight 300-yard passing games before the team's Week 5 bye.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman has known Manziel for several years.

The 25-year-old Manziel is signed with the Canadian Football League until the end of the 2019 season.

Manziel famously became the first freshman in NCAA history to win a Heisman in 2012, when he was also named the Associated Press Player of the Year. And Jeremiah Masoli's performances had kept Johnny Manziel on the bench.

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"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", said general manager Kavis Reed in a statement.

Hamilton offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice are also part of the trade.

According to ESPN, Alouettes starting quarterback Drew Willy left Saturday's 25-8 loss to the Calgary Stampeders with a hand injury, and was replaced by backup Matt Shiltz. Montreal was already without quarterback Jeff Mathews for four to six weeks because of a foot injury.

"With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that hewill have a positive impact on our offense". Montreal takes on the Edmonton Eskimos (3-2) on Thursday night.

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Westerman, 33, had 19 tackles and three sacks in five games with the Alouettes, who he joined as a free agent this off-season.

Not only will Manziel's acquisition potentially provide the Als with their most-talented quarterback, he'll provide an infusion of publicity to a team struggling badly to attract paying customers.

Manziel earned almost $8 million over two National Football League seasons, according to Spotrac.

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