Johnny Manziel donned Adidas duds for two years as Texas A&M's starting quarterback. However, he's going to be wearing Nike gear as a pro.
According to ESPN, Manziel has signed a deal with Nike.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources told ESPN.com that it's a multiyear deal that will be the highest price paid for a rookie in this year's class. Manziel's team negotiating the deal included LeBron James' business manager, Maverick Carter, and Fenway Sports Group.
While Adidas would have seemed like a no-brainer because of Manziel's college ties, when he signed with James' group, Nike made sense as the top choice. James has a deal with Nike.
The story said that Under Armour and Warrior, a property of New Balance, also made offers to Manziel in addition to Nike and Adidas. Warrior makes the uniforms for English Premier League team Liverpool. As his popularity will roll over from college football to wherever team drafts him early in the first round of the NFL draft in May, Manziel was going to be a focal point of all of the companies' marketing strategies.
Does this mean Manziel can't ride in the Texas A&M Swagcopter any longer? We certainly hope not. The deal also means we won't get to see Manziel at the draft in a suit patterned like the shoes Texas A&M wore against Missouri and the wrap on the team plane. Extremely disappointing.
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