"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to the Alliance of American Football, which we've always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers", Polian said in a press release.
According to Shefter, Manziel would have been allocated to San Antonio, but the Commanders waived his rights, so the controversial quarterback will go through the league's waiver system. The Express now boast a 1-5 record, and were the first team available to claim Manziel based on the league's waiver system.
The AAF, now in its first season, says Manziel will report Sunday to Memphis after the Express lost to Salt Lake, 22-9, on Saturday to fall to 1-5 on the year. Brandon Silvers filled in for Mettenberger after he exited with an ankle injury in the 22-9 loss to the Stallions. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Standard AAF contracts are for three years and $250,000. Other than Orlando, which has Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, most of the league's teams have had some issues at the position.
Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues. He washed out of the National Football League less than two years after the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round, making just eight starts and throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven). He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling.