NFL Draft: Is Baker Mayfield the next Johnny Manziel?

Johnny Manziel opens up about his career and his hopeful comeback in an interview with ABC News T.J. Holmes

Johnny Manziel announced on Twitter Wednesday he will be joining The Spring League, a developmental league that plays two games in April. The Spring League is open to former professional and collegiate players except those whose first eligibility for the NFL Draft will come this year.

In a recent interview with "Good Morning America", Manziel said he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking alcohol.

"Everybody wants to portray me as the bad boy and the Johnny Manziel stuff, but no, I love the game of football", Mayfield said. There were also reports that Manziel was sent home from a Browns practice because he was intoxicated, although the Browns disputed those reports.

At one point, Manziel's father said he was anxious his son wouldn't make it to see 24 years old. But where I'm at and where my mind-set is, that's my goal at the end of the day: to get back there and to be able to run out on the field as a starter again. My goal is to make it back to the National Football League and I realize I have to earn that privilege.

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"We're completely different people", Manziel said on the podcast.

"The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do", Manziel said in a statement released following the signing of his contract. "That's what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression".

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield's improvisational genius on the field and some of his antics off it have drawn comparisons with similarly undersized National Football League bust Johnny Manziel. Where did that get me? Manziel's path back to football will nearly assuredly go through Canada and the CFL, where his rights are held by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, coached by June Jones, who tried to recruit Manziel to SMU out of high school. If he actually wound up being proficient in their game - which, for those who don't know, has significant cosmetic differences with the National Football League, like three downs instead of four, and a longer and wider field - Manziel could be the next Doug Flutie.

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