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Downer update for the #ComebackSZN crowd: Johnny Manziel’s deadline to reach a deal with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats has sadly come and gone. TSN’s Farhan Lalji reports the Manziel camp is still looking for “starter’s money,” though there has been slight progress with the figure:
According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, Hamilton offered Manziel a contract in the range of $150,000 with some minor incentives earlier this month, but Manziel’s camp was looking for an offer in the range of $500,000.
Lalji notes the gap between the two sides may have closed over the past few weeks, but Manziel is believed to be looking for starter’s money.
The good news? Lalji says that the Jan. 31 deadline wasn’t an official thing and was artificially imposed by the Manziel camp, so there’s still a chance Johnny Football morphs into Johnny Canada:
Lalji adds that the Ticats are not feeling any pressure to strike a deal of this magnitude with Manziel, but the team continues to be optimistic that Johnny Football will be a member of the Tiger-Cats for the 2018 season. However, coming to terms on a contract might take right up until training camp.
For what it’s worth, Manziel saw a report stating he was “far apart” on a potential deal with the Tiger-Cats and tweeted, “Nahhh.”
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) January 31, 2018