Johnny Manziel might be playing pro football in 2016 after all -- because the Arena Football League wants him ... and believes they can truly help him get back to the NFL.
We spoke to AFL commish Scott Butera who says the league is ready and willing provide Manziel with whatever support he needs to aid in his football comeback.
Plus, Butera says ... if Johnny's serious about recommitting to football, the AFL would be the perfect place to rehone his skills and prove to NFL teams he can still play at a high level.
"We could provide a strong platform for him to demonstrate that he is back," Butera says.
"We would also work with him and provide him whatever help he needed to live a healthy life."
FYI, several players have gone from the AFL to the NFL ... including Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner.
We've reached out to Johnny to gauge his interest -- so far, no word back.