Johnny Manziel wants to play in the XFL, but the feeling may not be mutual.
The controversial quarterback has expressed his desire to join his fourth professional league, a move XFL commissioner Oliver Luck has yet to consider.
“Well, I don’t know that yet,” Luck told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “That remains to be seen.”
However, just because Manziel didn’t receive an invitation to one of the league’s ongoing showcases doesn’t mean it won’t pursue him down the road.
“There are a lot of guys that played in the AAF and played all seven games or whatever they had. We didn’t invite them here because we’ve got enough tape on them,” Luck said. “So Johnny has some tape, right? Whether it’s Canada — and we have two coaches from the CFL, (Marc) Trestman and June Jones. Or there’s college. What he did obviously in the NFL.
“If eight guys say, ‘we’d like that guy in the league,’ we’ll put him in the league. Or put him in the draft pool. Whether teams draft him, that’s up to the individual head coaches.”
Manziel said earlier this month that he’d like to play for one of the two XFL teams in Texas, either in Dallas or Houston. The XFL’s reboot is set to debut in February 2020.
“The biggest draw for me is having two XFL teams in Texas,” Manziel told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “I’m still young and in good shape. I’m looking at all opportunities to play.”
Manziel, who is still only 26, is seeking another chance to resurrect his football career after failed stints in the NFL, CFL and AAF.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner last played with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football in mid-March, but the league suspended operations a couple of weeks later.