OMFG! Johnny Might Drop Comeback SZN Hoodies!!!

I’ve been cautious about a possible Johnny Manziel Comeback SZN campaign because Johnny hasn’t exactly been the old Johnny over the last 8-10 months. He’s been in relative hiding, not really clubbing and pretty much being a social media recluse. Sure, there’s this talk about his reinstatement with the CFL or whatever they’re calling his new ability to sign with a Canadian team (Hamilton holds his rights).

I figured Johnny would hit a treadmill and that would end his comeback.

Then today on IG story he drops this hoodie. Gamechanger. I’m all-in. He’s coming back. If I’ve learned one thing over my years running BC, it’s that when an athlete drops an IG of a signature hoodie, that athlete is coming back.

However, will it be in Canada?

Something tells me that Johnny is building a campaign for another shot in the NFL. A free agent contract. A mini-camp guarantee. I’m not convinced one bit he will suck it up and go to Canada. There will be another push Super Bowl week to get him in with a NFL team. Mark my words.


Despite not ever taking a snap in the CFL, nor in any other league since Dec. 27, 2015, Burkhardt wants his client to be paid as much as the recently traded Zach Collaros who was reportedly raking in $500,000+ per season in Hamilton.

Statement from Erik Burkhardt to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport:

“Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on his training and preparation. Due to the tremendous support, Johnny wants to let Hamilton fans know where things stand and that he has been working hard in preparation for his comeback.

As context, the CFL maintains an archaic and restrictive rule, whereby their teams can claim an amateur players’ rights, and essentially hold those rights into perpetuity, without any consideration or compensation for the player. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL claimed Johnny’s rights when he was a freshman at Texas A&M, and have continued to hold them for over 6 years.

Johnny and I have done our due diligence on the League and team, which has included visiting Hamilton, meeting with CEO Scott Mitchell, as well as multiple meetings and working out for Coach June Jones. All of these interactions have been very positive and served to reinforce Johnny’s excitement for coming out to play for the Tiger Cats. Johnny was pleased to have the opportunity to talk ball with Coach Jones, who has publicly shared his belief that Johnny would be a good fit for the team he’s trying to field.

As Hamilton has announced, and per the aforementioned restrictive rule requirements, they sent us a place-holder contract in order to maintain Johnny’s rights and allow us adequate time to negotiate a deal. During our diligence process and at my request, Hamilton also graciously gave me permission to discuss potential trade options with at least one other club. Johnny and I met with those executives in Texas to discuss their organization and thoughts on Johnny’s market and value around the CFL. However, due to Johnny’s strong relationship with Coach Jones and Hamilton executive Kent Austin, we’ve made the decision to deal exclusively with Hamilton and give them until January 31st to work out a fair deal to make him their Quarterback. So that there will not be any ambiguity in regards to financial expectations, and so the public understands how seriously Johnny is considering this move, I will tell you that we believe ‘fair deal’ means on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success. If we cannot reach a deal with Hamilton by this date, we will turn our focus to several other professional options readily available to us.”

The last QB to win on a Sunday for the Browns wants to call the shots on how things are going to go in Hamilton. We’ll see if the Canadians turtle and decide they want to sell tickets. Hamilton was already at 98% capacity in 2017. Not sure that’s a bargaining chip for John Football.

Look at those career numbers: