The workout, which was reportedly held in Florida, was put on by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who may have violated CFL bylaws by talking to Manziel. If Saskatchewan is found to have broken these rules by having Manziel in for a workout, then there could be some serious punishments.
The issue is simple. the Hamilton Tiger-Cats now hold the negotiating rights to Manziel if he wanted to play in the CFL - so any possible workout would have to go through them first. Saskatchewan did not have permission to have the workout and has denied that it took place.
"The rules regarding the neg list are outlined in our by-laws". "A team has exclusive rights to a player on their [negotiating list]".
Jones, the head coach and general manager of the Roughriders, denied the report to TSN Senior Correspondent Gary Lawless and said the team is considering legal action against the website.
The league needs to leave no stone unturned during its investigation.
ESPN reports that the Canadian League has said: "We are investigating". Even if they had rights to work out Johnny Manziel, it's also troubling on so many other fronts. "So at this point, it appears the report is false", Senra said in statement.
Come to think of it, Manziel would be a prototypical CFL quarterback - well-suited for the league's wide-open style. No one has picked him up since the Browns cut him.
Manziel would pose no risk of starting for the Raiders, but if Carr goes down again, he would definitely be a more interesting option than the ones the Raiders already have down the depth chart.
In 2016, Manziel was also charged with domestic violence involving his ex-girlfriend.