Johnny Manziel joins a new team

Johnny Manziel centre joined the Montreal Alouettes following his trade from Hamilton Sunday

And Jeremiah Masoli's performances had kept Johnny Manziel on the bench.

Montreal traded for the former Heisman Trophy victor on Sunday, acquiring the 25-year-old from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and two first-round draft selections.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman has known Manziel for several years. The Alouettes can definitely use an answer at the QB position, since they've been through three different ones already. The final stats: zero passing yards, zero rushing yards and five games spent firmly on the bench.

Montreal, meanwhile, has scored just 69 total points during its 1-4 start and has nothing to lose by signing Manziel to shake things up a bit.

Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice were sent to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022.

Masoli started the season impressively with four straight 300-yard passing performances and a record-tying nine overall dating back to previous year.

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

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement in a team release. "With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence". Vernon Adams Jr., Matthew Shiltz and Drew Willy are Montreal's QBs, all of whom have seen action this season.

Montreal hosts Edmonton on Thursday night.

"Thank you to the city of Hamilton for these last 2 fantastic years!" Insane biz doesn't always make sense.

Manziel earned almost $8 million over two National Football League seasons, according to Spotrac.

He had 15 catches for 283 yards and a TD in four games with the Alouettes.

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