Johnny Manziel to the XFL? Commissioner Oliver Luck says 'that remains to be seen'

Released 12: 33 p.m. ET June 16, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Johnny Manziel told reporters earlier this month that he’d welcome the chance to play at the XFL, calling it a”great chance .”

But is your XFL interested in him?

“I really don’t understand that yet,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “That remains to be seen.”

The startup spring football league, that will kick off in February, is currently holding a series of workouts at every one of the eight cities that will home XFL teams — most recently in a suburb of Washington D.C. on Saturday morning. The invitation-only events are all intended to provide roughly 800 players an opportunity to audition in front of XFL coaches, with hopes of making a place in the league’s draft pool at the coming months.

Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner who has bounced in the NFL to the Canadian Football League and, most recently, that the Alliance of American Football, has expressed interest about playing for XFL franchises in Dallas or Houston. Yet he didn’t obtain an invitation to either workout.

When asked especially about Manziel’s status with the XFL, Luck said gamers who have not obtained invitations could nevertheless very well end up from the league. Much will depend on the league’s eight head coaches, he said.

“There are a great deal of guys that played in the AAF and performed all seven games or anything they had. We did not invite them here since we’ve got enough tape ,” Luck said in a meeting at the St. James athletic complex. “Thus Johnny has some tape, right? When it’s Canada — and we have two trainers in the CFL, (Marc) Trestman and June Jones. Or there is college. What he did in the NFL.

“If eight guys say,’we would like that guy in the league,’ we will place him in the league. Or place at the draft pool. Whether groups draft him, that is up to the individual head coaches”

Luck stated the XFL will probably sign between 200 and 250 of the players within this first round of workouts to its own draft pool. But the league plans to construct the majority of its participant base following NFL roster cuts plucking talented quarterbacks,” as an instance, who miss out on backup jobs. The XFL draft is forecast to take place.

“A great deal of this, you must sort of look a bit ahead and consider the kind of gift that we will have, correct?” Luck stated to a question. “So last week in Dallas, Landry Jones participated. He simply got cut out of the Raiders.  He was kind of in a struggle for I suppose the backup place to Derrick Carr, with Mike Glennon. So that might happen three or four occasions along with others in similar scenarios.

“There is a great deal of great players in that league which very well may get trimmed. Much like Landry. So we have to be sure we sort of keep that in mind as we all think about how we structure our draft pool”

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