After much speculation, the wait is over. Future NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel just signed a multiyear deal with Nike. Financial terms were not officially available, but it will be the highest price paid for a rookie in this year's draft class.
The negotiations were handled on Manziel's end by LeBron James' business manager, Maverick Carter and Fenway Sports Group. Under Armour, adidas and New Balance's Warrior brand all attempted to attract Johnny Football with bids for Manziel.
This could lead to Nike using the phrase "Johnny Football." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office currently is evaluating the application filed by an organization in College Station, Texas, which claims "Johnny Football" does not refer to a living person. Manziel filed an application after rejecting those original claims.
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