After Manziel’s Tweet At Oliver Luck, Will He Join XFL In 2020?

Is Johnny Manziel angling to play some more football? After a cryptic tweet situation – as best as we can put it – it seems like maybe he is. Manziel reached out to the XFL on Saturday but will he actually end up in the league in 2020? BetOnline has posted odds, so let’s take a closer look.


In a bit of a bizarre situation, Johnny Football tweeted at XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck that he has some interest in playing for the XFL this season. While that’s mostly normal, what was bizarre was that tweet was gone shortly after. Not only that, Manziel’s entire account was completely deleted as well. What in the world is going on?

We have yet to here from Manziel or his team, so it’s unclear if we’re going to hear some kind of “somebody stole my phone” or “somebody hacked my account” type of story. At any rate, the internet does not forget, which is why we’ve seen screen captures of the tweet, which have been kept as records.


BetOnline has posted odds that Manziel is a -500 favorite NOT to play in the XFL this year and a +300 favorite to join a team. The question is why would the XFL bother with him? After all, we know that a lot of controversy tends to follow him around.

While it’s true that Manziel is a former Heisman Trophy winner, a first-round pick in the NFL and a player that still has some star power to his name, the reality is that he’s not a very good football player. We saw him struggle with the Cleveland Browns, then he got the boot from the NFL, then he tried to make it work in the CFL, then he got the boot in the CFL, and then he had a brief stint in the Alliance of American Football before the league folded. All in between we’ve seen visits to rehab and run-ins with police. If the XFL truly wants to be viewed as a legitimate football league that’s going to be around for the long-run, they can’t simply rely on ratings boosts from gimmicky players.

What the XFL needs to do is show that they’re a league that’s going to be around for a long time. If that’s the case, they’ll naturally attract much better quarterbacks that will improve the caliber of the game. Once that happens, more fans will come and the league will make more money.

To call on Manziel doesn’t make a ton of sense because he’s just a shortcut. He might give the ratings a boost for a couple of weeks or games and ESPN will write a few stories on him but he’s not really a star anymore. On top of that, the people who are legitimately trying to build this league from the ground up won’t be that impressed if he’s forced on a roster. Don’t expect this to happen.

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