The Falcons are bringing safety Kemal Ishmael back to the team for the 2018 season.
Ishmael became a free agent when the league year opened in March and a month on the open market didn’t lead him to a new home. The Falcons announced on Wednesday that Ishmael agreed to a one-year deal.
The 2018 season will be Ishmael’s sixth with the Falcons after joining the team as a 2013 seventh-round pick. He played every game last season and started once on defense while appearing on just under 80 percent of the team’s special teams snaps.
If no NFL teams express interest based on his performances in the Spring League, however, Manziel would still have time to join a CFL team before the start of the league’s training camp in May. His rights continue to be owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, whose season begins June 16 and whose coach — former Hawaii and SMU coach June Jones — has said Manziel would be “the best player to ever play up here.”
Now, as he tries to get back into the NFL, Manziel has embraced the media, making himself available and visible as he apparently hopes that, by being around long enough and often enough, someone will finally decide to give him his next (last) shot in the NFL. The media gladly is embracing Manziel, too. Even though he’s a guy who hasn’t been on an NFL roster (not even the 90-man offseason version) in more than two full years, the media can’t get enough of him.
Most recently, Manziel appeared on ESPN with Scott Van Pelt, sharing the story of how Manziel’s life finally turned around.
“I got so low to the point where I questioned what I was doing and if my life was probably really worth living to a point anymore and got really down and really had to sit and reflect and look on what I was doing every day,” Manziel said. “My mom came to me one day and asked me — she didn’t really ask, she was just in tears — ‘What are you doing with your life? Why do I have to go around and get this secondhand of words and conversations of the negative things you’re doing around the world that’s coming back to me?’ And I saw how bad that it broke her heart, and it sucked. And it really hit home.”