The AAF Championship Game is on April 27th. The same day the NFL draft will end. The AAF contracts allow for players seeking the jump to the NFL a path starting the day after the season ends on April 28th until December.Embed from Getty Images
There probably won’t be a huge rush to sign AAF players, but teams may be smart to hold off on signing a bunch of players until the AAF season is finished. It’s perfect for the NFL. Teams will draft players starting April 25th. The draft finishes on the same day as the AAF final. Teams that have obvious holes can immediately sign AAF players the day after the draft.
It’s nice to see that some people are finally beginning to grasp what the AAF set out to be. Offensive and defensive linemen usually take about two to three years to make the transition to NFL level of play since they are not really coached up in college.Embed from Getty Images
If the AAF and NFL pull off the lending of players those linemen can now make the transition while getting game action, and be coached up. Should be a win, win for all involved.
These players will be cheaper than some NFL veterans who may be over the hill. Teams are smart to wait and take a chance. NFL teams know what they are getting with downward trending veterans. Young AAF players could have potential that coaches love. It’s a simple why-not-wait situation.Embed from Getty Images
There are a few players I am hoping the Chiefs take a look at. The first two on my list are Farrow II, the running back for the San Antonio Commanders, and Gardner the running back for the San Diego Fleet. Bausby is also showing signs of progress, but could probably use another year or two in the AAF before he is ready for prime time though.