AAF: Details Start to Emerge for the New League
Details for the Alliance of American Football have started to emerge. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported today that the AAF will offer each player three-year, non-guaranteed contracts, paying a total of $250K. This would put them in line with the rumored contract sizes of the XFL. They also have a built-in out for the players to leave if they get an NFL gig. This was key in my mind to keep players who do not get the call to an NFL roster from jumping to the rival spring league. League executive Bill Polian stated that the player contracts will also include “state-of-the-industry health insurance and an educational stipend to any player who completes a year in the league”.
The AAF also released information on how the player allocation process will work (see image below).
The bulk of the rosters will consist of players who do not make NFL or CFL rosters. The first way a player is allocated to a team is where he played his college ball. If a player did not play at a school in the AAF team’s footprint (this would include most Big 10 and Big 12 players) then NFL and CFL teams have been assigned for each Alliance squad. Finally, if a player didn’t play in the college footprint or professionally then they are open to signing with any team. See below for a list of each FBS college, NFL, and CFL team designated to each AAF team’s footprint.
College: Georgia, Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State
NFL: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins
CFL: Toronto Argonauts
College: Tennessee, LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee
NFL: Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals
CFL: Winnipeg Blue Bombers
College: Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), UCF, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, FIU
NFL: Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, New York Giants
CFL: Hamilton Tiger-Cats
College: UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois, Texas Tech, Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northwestern, UTEP
NFL: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens
CFL: Edmonton Eskimos
College: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, Rice, Houston, SMU, TCU, North Texas, UTSA, Texas State
NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles
CFL: Saskatchewan Roughriders
College: Southern Cal, Stanford, Washington, Colorado, San Diego State, Fresno State, San Jose State, UNLV, Hawaii
NFL: Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions
CFL: BC Lions
College: Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Troy, Louisiana Tech, NC State, Maryland, Missouri, NC State, UAB, South Alabama
NFL: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
CFL: Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa RedBlacks
SALT LAKE CITY
College: Cal, Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma State, Utah State, Boise State, BYU, Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State
NFL: Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers
CFL: Calgary Stampeders
This should make for a competitive league. A league, that if done right, could be used as a nice developmental setup for the NFL.
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