chance -- as slim as it might be -- to catch the eye of an NFL team before deciding whether to circle back and make a two-year commitment to play in the CFL. The process began last week, when Manziel jumped into the University of San Diego's pro day attended by scouts from 13 NFL teams. It will accelerate on Wednesday as he joins the Spring League, a developmental program that runs March 28 through April 15 in Austin, Texas, with games staged on April 7 and 12 -- Manziel's first since starting for the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27, 2015.
Manziel said last week "there's still people that still doubt what I'm doing and still doubt where I'm at" -- an acknowledgement of his extensive list of off-field indiscretions. He won't resolve all of those questions over a [url=http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Jake_Muzzin_Jersey]http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Jake_Muzzin_Jersey[/url] two-week minor league experience, but the stint will help him address a more tangible issue: How far, if at all, did he deteriorate physically during what he admits were long stretches of substance abuse?
There is no precedent for a quarterback returning from two years away to earn a starting job in his first season back. There have been only six cases since the 1970 merger in which a quarterback has started eight-plus games in a season after not playing in an NFL game over the prior two-plus seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau research, and each were either on a roster or played in the CFL in the interim:
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If no NFL teams express interest based on his performances in the Spring League, however, Manziel would still have time to join a CFL team before the start of the league's training camp in May. His rights continue to be owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, whose season begins June 16 and whose coach -- former Hawaii and SMU coach June Jones -- has said Manziel would be "the best player to ever play up here."
CFL rookies typically must sign contracts that bind them to the league for two seasons. Unless his CFL team grants a rare waiver, Manziel wouldn't be eligible to return to the NFL before November 2019 -- or, more realistically, the 2020 NFL season.
"If something [with the NFL] pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don't get the opportunity to go back, I'm going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine," Manziel said at Texas A&M's pro day on Tuesday. "One way or another, one day down the line, I'll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I'm not going to stop until I do." How did the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner (and 2014 first-round draft choice) fall this far? Let's take a closer look at the 800-plus days since Manziel last played in the NFL.
Ryan's agent, Tom Condon, also couldn't "characterize the timetable" [url=http://www.steelersofficialsstore.com/Louis_Lipps_Jersey_Cheap]http://www.steelersofficialsstore.com/Louis_Lipps_Jersey_Cheap[/url] when reached by ESPN last week. However things proceed from here, Corry foresees an extremely lucrative payday for Ryan, especially in the wake of the $84 million fully guaranteed contract Kirk Cousins secured in a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
"After Cousins, since he's got $84 million guaranteed at signing, Ryan's going to have to have at least $85 million guaranteed at signing, and probably $100 million in overall guarantees," Corry said. "Ryan had $42 essentially fully guaranteed at signing last time and $59 in overall guarantees. Is that really that much of a stretch when you put it in that context of when the cap was $123 million?"
The guaranteed money is what matters in the [url=http://www.jetsofficialsonline.com/Darron_Lee_Jersey_Cheap]Darron Lee Womens Jersey[/url] big picture, though folks often point to average per year. Cousins heads that group at $28 million per year based on the shorter length of his contract. He is followed by San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo at $27.5 million per year, Detroit's [url=http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com/Adidas-Olli-Maatta-Jersey]http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com/Adidas-Olli-Maatta-Jersey[/url] Matthew Stafford at $27 million per year and New Orleans' Drew Brees at $25 million per year. "If I'm Condon, that $30 million per year mark for Ryan is important, even though it's kind of meaningless in the overall scheme of things," Corry said. "I'd like to be able to say I had the first $30 million per year quarterback, particularly since Condon had the first $20 million per year quarterback in Brees."And personally, I'd wait until [Green Bay's] Aaron Rodgers. But if I'm doing it before Rodgers -- I'm assuming Rodgers is going to put the bar way out there -- so if you're going to do it today, it's got to be at $30 million per year just to get my attention."
Falcons owner Arthur Blank never committed to making Ryan the highest-paid player in the league, though Blank said the one-time MVP would be in a competitive range. But the team doesn't have much of an argument if Ryan is being compared to the other quarterbacks who have recently signed deals, Corry said.
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