Johnny Manziel Trade: Breaking Down His Top Destinations
Which CFL Team Could Manziel Be Traded To?
Firstly, it is unlikely that Manziel will be traded. The Tiger-Cats' front office has denied the rumours and has been hush about their plans for the signal caller. It is a long season and while Masoli has given them little reason to replace him, the Tabbies are still just 2-2. If they go below .500 and Masoli starts to struggle, Manziel could easily get his turn.
With all this said, it is still possible for the Tiger-Cats to trade Manziel especially if a team is desperate enough to trade the wife and kids for him. And there is no shortage of teams all looking for quarterback help. We look at the top three trade destinations for Manziel and include each team's Grey Cup betting odds via SportsInteraction. These odds are most likely going to be affected if and when they acquire Manziel.
Let's get the most obvious out. The Argonauts lost Ricky Ray for the season and possibly for good. James Franklin filled in quite nicely and led the Double Blue to a victory for the Eskimos this weekend. But the 26-year-old is a career backup and unless he singlehandedly carries Toronto the Grey Cup playoffs, it's not hard to ditch him for the sexier prospect in Manziel.
Why The Trade Could Happen: Toronto may not be the best CFL market but it's still the biggest market. This is a city that is spoiled with major league teams like the NHL's Maple Leafs and the MLB's Blue Jays. Acquiring Manziel, a transcendent football star, will do wonders for a franchise that hardly draws despite its two recent Grey Cup victories.
Why The Trade Won't Happen: as ideal as Manziel fits the Toronto market, Franklin is still a more proven commodity. The Argos are 1-2 and still have hopes of making the playoffs and maybe even defending their Grey Cup trophy. Sabotaging their present and future for a cash grab is foolhardy and could alienate the few hardcore fans they have.
British Columbia Lions
They may be the worst team in the West, but the Lions are still a playoff contender. But they need a lot of help on offence. BC is third-last on offence and their only win has come against the horrible Alouettes. Jonathon Jennings showed a lot of promise last season but hasn't been as effective. This team needs a kick-in-the-butt, something a Manziel trade could do.
Why The Trade Could Happen: the Lions are desperate to get something going. This is a team that was just in the division finals two seasons ago but has grossly underperformed since. They have plenty of solid pieces so making a major change could kickstart something. Manziel brings a dynamic presence that will either reignite the offence or push Jennings to do better.
Why The Trade Won't Happen: as much as the Lions want to get better now, they may not be willing to part with future picks or pieces for a quarterback who may not even get them to the playoffs. They have an established fanbase that will support them regardless if they acquire Manziel.
Different team, same Zach Collaros. The newly acquired quarterback finds himself back on the injured list and the Roughriders have managed with a platoon of Brandon Bridge and David Watford to mixed results. Sitting at 2-2 with the second-worst points scored per game, the Riders could use some help at centre. And they could use some star power.
Why The Trade Could Happen: Bridge is a solid quarterback but will be on a short leash as this team has Grey Cup hopes and won't tolerate losing. Manziel provides them with a new type of signal-caller who shouldn't adjust too long to a playbook that is tailored for dual-threat quarterbacks.
Why The Trade Won't Happen: Rider Nation supports Saskatchewan regardless if they are champions or dead-last in the league. The Riders already committed to Collaros when they parted with a 2nd round pick and Bridge is decent enough to get them through five more games. Giving up more picks for Manziel yields more risks than rewards for the team at this point.
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The CFL continues to roll and with the FIFA World Cup about to end, expect it to be the premier "football" sport the nation watches. TSN and RDS cover the bulk of the games while these online sportsbooks also provide Canadians access to sports wagering including live betting and props.
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