Two current NFL mainstays will add their names to the rising record of high-profile ex-NFL gamers, coaches and executives who will work with the Alliance of American Soccer.
Michael Vick‘s set to be affiliated with the AAF, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com studies. Vick will name performs for the Brad Childress-coached Atlanta franchise.
Vick labored with Childress just lately as effectively, serving as a training intern with the Chiefs throughout their 2017 coaching camp when Childress was on Kansas Metropolis’s employees. Vick final performed for the 2015 Steelers. The previous Falcons quarterback joins Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Jared Allen in attaching their names to the brand new enterprise.
Not less than one NFL crew helps the AAF put together for what figures to be an attention-grabbing talent-gathering interval. The Bears offered the AAF’s Phoenix franchise’s GM, Phil Savage, an inventory of gamers to scout whereas he was at Chicago’s camp, Fowler notes. The AAF plans to primarily goal gamers that don’t make NFL rosters this 12 months.
Set to launch in February 2019, the eight-team league has its head coaches signed up and contract construction set at three-year, $250Okay agreements. The $83Okay-per-year contracts, which embody out clauses in case an NFL crew comes calling, are non-guaranteed and fall effectively wanting NFL observe squad salaries (as much as $129Okay for a 17-week season this season). However NFL observe squad spots will assuredly be extra coveted actual property than AAF rosters subsequent 12 months. Though, incentives shall be out there in these AAF offers, and advertising and public appearances can set off these bonuses, per Fowler.
NFL personnel have lamented the shortage of a developmental league within the years since NFL Europe’s demise, and Fowler writes the AAF could also be nearer to the NBA’s G League, slightly than serving as competitors.
“Our goal is to take a few of these individuals who can’t fairly make it and make them into high quality NFL gamers,” AAF exec Invoice Polian stated, by way of Fowler.
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