KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 27, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
10. Johnny Manziel
There is the issue of McMahon claiming that anyone with a criminal record will not be permitted to play. Two years is a long time and Johnny Manziel is clearly interested so we’ll see how long this policy holds out.
Despite all of the mistakes Johnny Manziel made when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns, he actually did flash some talent. His number from the 2013 season aren’t spectacular but they aren’t utter garbage. Manziel had a poor completion percentage(under 58%) but did throw seven touchdowns to five interceptions. He was also nimble on the ground, adding over 200 yards rushing. Let’s not forget the Browns offense around him wasn’t anything to write home about either. Past receiver Josh Gordon it was a little rough.
The XFL should be interested in Manziel because of his brash and cocky attitude on the field. When he was playing well, Manziel would let fans know about it. He was never shy about throwing the “money” hand gesture around. For better or worse, that will attract viewers. Manziel is actively pursuing a comeback in the NFL but there’s no real indication that it’s close to happening for him. He would also still be under the age of 30 by the time the new season rolled around and the XFL could build him as the face of a new franchise. If Manziel has actually cleaned up his act off the field, playing in this new league could be a huge win for him and the XFL. Just saying the name of “Johnny Football” will get a reaction out of most fans, regardless of what type of reaction it is.