Johnny Manziel hasn’t taken a snap in an NFL game. But the Texas A&M product is already a millionaire.
The quarterback signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike on Thursday that figures to eclipse similar agreements entered into by other NFL rookies. Johnny Football wearing Nike represents a departure for the polarizing QB, who sported Adidas the past two seasons. In addition to Nike and Adidas, New Balance and Under Armour competed for Manziel to endorse their products. The amount pocketed by Manziel in the deal remains undisclosed.
After projecting as second-day draft pick before the season, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s impressive play dramatically increased his stock among NFL scouts. Veteran NFL scout Chris Landry told Breitbart Sports in January that Manziel would unquestionably hear his name called by Roger Goodell sometime in the early part of the first round. Landry assessed, “It will come down to how comfortable each team is with his willingness to spend all the extra time in the film room and play a more fundamental and less risky style while still allowing for those play-extending qualities that he possesses.”