"I would hate for you to miss on on the opportunity that you've got." For his part, Manziel said "everything has been going extremely smoothly" and his "life is trending upwards." Self-reportedly sober, Manziel hopes to make another run at an NFL career.
Clearing up his legal troubles is a step in the correct direction, but it remains unlikely he will get another shot. The workout would have violated CFL rules, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats own Manziel's Canadian negotiation rights.
Going on 27, Lindley has scattered six starts across four NFL seasons. Along with Kinne, Philadelphia cut CB Marc Anthony, S Brandan Bishop, C Mike Coccia, T Kevin Graf, DE Alfy Hill, WR Mike Johnson, OLB Dasman Mc Cullum, WR Josh Reese, DE Jeremy Towns, TE Justin Tukes and OL Jared Wheeler.
"Obviously Johnny needs to get his hands around his life," Jones said.
"He needs to do the things that make him a good person off the field, I think, before he can ever have any chance of being successful in our league." Manziel has said numerous times he'd love to play for his home-state Cowboys, but the feeling isn't mutual. Lindley was signed before Week 17, when the Colts found themselves in truly dire quarterback straits. Kinne transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver this offseason in an effort to make the final roster.
Going north of the border might be Manziel's only real option at this point.
It would make a ton of sense for both the player and league.
Even with this case likely to be settled in the near future, there have been zero signs Manziel is preparing for a comeback. The former Heisman winner served a four-game ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy.