You heard it here first. Johnny Manziel will play in the NFL before he plays in the CFL. Johnny has been training hard, and looks like he is back in a good routine. He also looks like he is back in good shape (or getting there), as evidenced by a recent Instagram post showing him working out at 6am in his hometown of LA. Johnny has talent, a good eye for the field and a good arm. As long as Johnny is on the straight and narrow it will make sense for an NFL team to take a chance on him. He will be cheap and will have a lot of upside. The typical profile of a player in the CFL is a guy who just isn't good enough skill-wise to play in the NFL. The problem here is not Johnny's talent level. He had flashes of brilliance in the NFL (see here and here), despite being on a relatively bad roster with a lot of coaching drama. Moreover, he had a lot of off field issues at the time as well. The cost of Manziel for an NFL team at this point is so minimal that it will make sense for one with a tougher QB situation to take a chance. They can put Manziel in a backup role to learn and if he stays on the right path they can give him a shot. That's our prediction. Let's see.