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Johnny Manziel offered route back into football - it's not quite the NFL

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With every passing day, the chances of Johnny Manziel ever taking to the gridiron in the NFL appear to be getting slimmer.

While the former Cleveland Browns quarterback may reportedly be planning to go sober once his current trip to Mexico comes to an end, most recent reports have cited his dangerous issues with addiction and apparent lack of focus on a once promising football career, rather than an unlikely NFL comeback.

Not everyone is ready to give up on the former Texas A&M QB, however, and Manziel has actually received a public offer to continue his playing the Arena Football League.


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As reported by TMZ over the weekend, AFL commissioner Scott Butera has gone on record to offer the troubled quarterback a place in his league:

"We could provide a strong platform for him to demonstrate that he is back," Butera told TMZ.

"We would also work with him and provide him whatever help he needed to live a healthy life."

The indoor league, which has been going since 1987 and was re-launched in 2010, is hardly the same level as the NFL - average attendances are around the 9,000 mark and rosters are made up of players who couldn't cut in in the pro league - but it would at least give Manziel a focus moving forward.

The ex-Aggie's ad-hoc playing style would actually be pretty fun to watch in the risk-first AFL, too.

Whether the notoriously cocksure QB would be willing to try and rebuild his reputation in Arena football is another question, however. As is the issue of which team would be willing to deal with his off-field transgressions, even with the obvious merchandise potential.

One this is for sure, though. Having recently been handed a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's Substance Abuse policy, there isn't a franchise in the league willing to go near him right now.

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