Johnny Manziel’s Net Worth Isn’t Exactly What You’d Expect

Published July 22, 2020 128,838 Views

Rumble Born to Michelle Manziel and Paul Manziel in Tyler, Texas, Johnathan Paul Manziel developed into a star quarterback at Tivy High School. Manziel originally committed to Oregon after receiving interest from schools across the United States, but he flipped to Texas A&M University, where his legend began.

Love him or hate him, Johnny Manziel is one of the greatest college football quarterbacks of all time. His record-setting time at Texas A&M University Aggies was one for the ages, as he became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy award.

The legend of Johnny Football was born when he dismantled Nick Saban's top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012. He won numerous awards like the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the Manning Award, SEC Offensive Player of the Year and was consensus First-Team All-American.

Offseason incidents such as lawsuits, bar fights and partying overshadowed the football player's gridiron abilities, however, and maybe hindered his play on the field.

That didn't stop the Cleveland Browns from selecting Manziel in the first round (22nd overall pick) in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, the former Aggie started just eight games in two years before being cut. Most of Manziel's career earnings were with the Browns after signing a four-year rookie contract worth $8.247 million in 2014 that included a $4.318 million signing bonus — However, he lost out on as much as $2 million in guaranteed money because the Browns voided that sum before cutting him.

Manziel turned his attention to the Canadian Football League (CFL) and signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats a contract that included a base salary of $120,000. Before playing a snap for the Tiger-Cats, he was traded to the Montreal Alouettes. He threw four interceptions in his CFL debut and finished the season posting five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games.

The CFL cut ties with him after the season and barred him from signing with other teams for failing to meet expectations of his contract. He reportedly didn't attend weekly meetings and failed to see a doctor like they required.

In the Alliance of American Football (AAF), Manziel's contract with the Memphis Express were never reported. The league, of course, ran out of money which meant some players didn't get paid for some games.

Manziel signed a multi-year deal with Nike in 2014 but was dropped by the brand sometime after the 2015 season. He also signed deals with Panini America, Nissan, MusclePharm, Snickers and McDonald's.

The Aggie legend comes from a wealthy family -- Manziel's grandfather, Bobby Joe Manziel, made out well in the oil industry -- so he may receive help from them when or if he needs it.

Still, Johnny Manziel's net worth is estimated in the $6 million range.

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