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In recent days, the majority owner of the AAF folded the league and terminated all of the player’s contracts. This sent some home that will be done with professional football as they did not perform well enough to get on an NFL roster, but for some this opened up a chance to get back to the league everyone dreams of being in. There have been a few signings of former AAF players, so let’s look into the details. I’m sure there will be more as the weeks go by.
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Keith Reaser, Orlando Apollos (CB): Signed with Kansas City Chiefs;
Reaser balled out in the AAF with 3 interception and brought back two of those for touchdowns. He was also rated the highest graded cornerback by far in the short stint of the AAF.
He should definitely see some playing time with the Chiefs and will most likely be a starter on special teams.
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Rashad Ross, Arizona Hotshots (WR): Signed with Carolina Panthers;
Rashad Ross returns to the NFL with Cam Newton as his quarterback and a bunch of confidence. He was the stand out receiver in the AAF catching a little over 500 yards, and 7 touchdowns in just 8 games. Should be a solid 3rd or 4th receiver for a healthy Cam to utilize.
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Garrett Gilbert, Orlando Apollos (QB): Signed with Cleveland Browns;
Gilbert was the AAF’s top quarterback and would have been MVP if the league continued. He threw for a little over 2,000 yards and added 13 touchdowns. He will back up the NFL’s most rising star and should give Mayfield any help he does not already have. Also, it’s always good to have a cheap backup that has experience.
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De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio Commanders (CB): Signed with the Denver Broncos;
Bausby led the league in interceptions with 4 and added 10 pass defended. He let up some plays, but was a explosive player that lead his defense. Also, he ended their game against the Salt Lake Lions with a interception on a two point conversion. He should make the Broncos Roster and will learn under Chris Harris Junior. Solid pickup from the Broncos.
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Brandon Greene, Kitt O’Brien, and JC Hassenauer, Birmingham Iron (OL): Signed with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers;
This offensive line was dominant through their games. They carried Trent Richardson to a league leading 11 touchdowns and were the main reason behind the Iron’s winning record along with that dominance defense. All 3 of these players will be backups for now, but will for sure be ready to step in at any time.
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Duke Thomas, San Antonio Commanders (CB): Signed with the Minnesota Vikings;
Duke had 22 tackles with a interception and added a fumble recovery. He might be a long shot to make the Viking’s roster come preseason, but if he does he can contribute on special teams. 19 of his 22 tackles were solo, so he definitely would have no problem leading the punting team to go tackle that returner.
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Damontre Moore, San Diego Fleet (DE): Signed with the 49ers;
Moore is thrown into the 49ers great pass rush group. Having Dee Ford and Alexander in as starters, it will help Moore develop into a solid NFL pass rusher. Moore had 7 sacks, which led the league, and was the leader of the San Diego Fleet’s defense. He should have no problem making the roster and will look to contribute to the arguably the best pass rush in the league.
Good luck to every player that has been signed or will be signed!