Johnny Manziel’s hopes of continuing his professional football career may have just taken one step closer to becoming reality.
The team that holds Manziel’s contractual rights in the Canadian Football League, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, traded star quarterback Zach Collaros to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Wednesday for a second-round draft choice, according to CBSsports.com.
The move comes just one week after the CFL announced the league will approve a contract for the free agent quarterback to play in 2018 if the Tiger-Cats and Manziel can reach an agreement.
While it still remains to be seen what exactly will happen with Manziel and the Tiger-Cats, it’s leading many to believe that the move was designed to open up a spot for Manziel.
However, it’s likely this roster change would have happened with or without Manziel in the picture, as it loses some salary for the team as well. According to TSN, Collaros was due a $200,000 bonus by Feb. 1 and he is on a contract worth about $525,000 for next season as well.
Manziel met with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie earlier this month to discuss his career and his desire to continue playing, especially since he hasn’t been on a team since the Browns cut him in March 2016. He was selected with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but only played in 14 games over two seasons with Cleveland.