Manziel, 25, who completed a workout last week during the University of San Diego Pro Day in front of several NFL teams, including the Patriots, is trying to get back into the league’s good graces after myriad off-field incidents derailed his career with the Browns in 2016 after two seasons. The Patriots have expressed interest before, having met with Manziel ahead of the 2014 draft, when he was selected 22nd overall and a fascinating Heisman Trophy winner. Now the former Aggies quarterback, who is a very different prospect than he once was, is keeping all options on the table.
“If something [with the NFL] pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine,” Manziel said Tuesday, via ESPN. “One way or another, one day down the line, I’ll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I’m not going to stop until I do.”
While a stint with the Patriots seems like a long shot at best, it’s not entirely implausible. With Tom Brady’s former backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in San Francisco and Indianapolis, respectively, and veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer listed as second on the depth chart, bringing in a third option to ignite a backup quarterback competition may not be out of the question.
“It’s his decision, and he knows it. It wouldn’t be fair any other way,” Bündchen said.
With a “laser focus” on his NFL future, Bündchen simply wants her spouse of nine years to be happy.
“I want him to be happy. Believe me, I’ve been with him when he’s losing. Try to be with him after you have lost [Super Bowls]. I mean, I had my fair share, OK? As long as he’s happy, he’s going to be a better father, he’s going to be a better husband, and I just want him to be happy. I do have my concerns, like anyone would,” she added.
Set to share intimate details of their life together in her forthcoming book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” the mother of two also weighed in on what a would-be conversation between Karl Lagerfeld and Brady’s tight-lipped coach, Bill Belichick, would be like.
“I think they could have an interesting conversation, because they are very intelligent people,” Bündchen said. “I would love to be at that table.”