Commanders waive rights to Johnny Manziel, who goes to Memphis Express

The Alliance of American Football announced Saturday night that former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signed with the league and was claimed by the Memphis Express.

The Express were hit with an injury at that position earlier in the day. Memphis starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered a sprained ankle in a 22-9 loss to the Salt Lake Stallions.

When Manziel signed with the AAF, the San Antonio Commanders had the first shot at him due to his ties with Texas A&M. The Commanders waived their rights, making Manziel available to other teams in the league.

The Commanders sent out a news release with the following statement from San Antonio general manager Daryl Johnston:

“We have decided not to exercise our rights to sign Johnny Manziel as a San Antonio Commander.

“When I took this job as general manager of the Commanders there were foundational experiences from my career as a player and as a broadcaster that I would not deviate from. There were also things that I would have to learn from my experience on the job. One of the most important things I have already learned is when there is an opportunity to get better … you get better. The challenge is finding the balance in what I know and what I have learned and finding the best solution to get better as a team. I truly believe that the moves necessary to add Johnny to our roster do not make us better at this time.

“I wish Johnny all the best with the Alliance of American Football and we look forward to competing against him in the future.”

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