Erik Burkhardt, the agent representing quarterback Johnny Manziel, is doing great things for the Canadian Football League without even realizing it.
Burkhardt said Monday that Manziel wants a “fair deal” from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, meaning a deal on par with what Hamilton has paid their quarterbacks in recent years.
Even media members and football fans who are lukewarm on the CFL realize that Manziel will have to prove his worth before getting starting quarterback money.
The Canadian game is a complicated one. I’m sure Warren Moon and Doug Flutie would be the first to admit that.
Burkhardt also called CFL team negotiation rules “archaic.” That comment shows he appears to be unfamiliar with why the current team protection system is in place.
It’s the CFL that has the credibility in a back-and-forth with an agent representing a highly publicized player, who has yet to be a difference-maker at any level of professional football.