Johnny Manziel of Hamilton Tiger-Cats traded to Montreal Alouettes

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded the former Heisman Trophy victor to the Montreal Alouettes in a deal that involves five players and two picks, TSN's Duane Forde reports. Masoli tied a CFL record with nine straight 300-yard passing games before the team's Week 5 bye.

Now the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns will be reunited with Montreal coach Mike Sherman, who actually recruited Manziel to Texas A&M in 2011.

The 25-year-old Manziel is signed with the Canadian Football League until the end of the 2019 season. The former Heisman Trophy victor appeared in both of the Ticats' exhibition games - completing 21-of-31 passes for 168 yards and a TD while rushing six times for 19 yards - but didn't see any regular-season action backing up incumbent Jeremiah Masoli.

Between a team desperate for offense and a coach who is already familiar with him, it appears Manziel might have a path to legitimate playing time in the CFL.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. "Landon Rice and Tony Washington are two skilled players that will considerably solidify our offensive line".

Then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was let go from his contract in March 2016
Then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was let go from his contract in March 2016

Back-up Jeff Mathews, who replaced Willy in a Week 4 start, is also out four-to-six weeks with an injured foot.

The Alouettes are now 1-4 and in fourth (and last) place in the CFL's East Division. In a recent interview, he said he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking.

The Dallas County district attorney's office agreed in December 2016 to drop charges against Manziel if he took an anger management course, listened to victims of domestic abuse speak at an impact panel and attended a rehab facility for drug and alcohol abuse.

Johnny Manziel went the CFL in hopes of seeing the field and showing the National Football League that he still has something left in the tank, but he was granted the opportunity to get on the field with Hamilton.

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  • Lawrence Cooper