AAF will welcome “best available players,” without regard to social stances

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The NFL allegedly has shunned Colin Kaepernick for his non-football activities. The Alliance for American Football says it won’t.

Best available players,” AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol told azcentralsports.com on Friday after the fledgling league announced Rick Neuheisel as the coach of a Tempe-based team. “You show up and you can play and you want to play in our league, then we want to talk to you.”

As a developmental league, the AAF won’t be picky about where it finds talent. It can’t afford to be.

“I would say this is a league of opportunity,” Ebersol said. “And I would welcome the opportunity to coach those kinds of guys.”

The AAF plans to start with eight teams playing a 10-game regular season. Franchises will be located in Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis, Salt Lake City, and Arizona. Three more teams will be announced.

It’s unlikely that the AAF will be able to pay a guy like Kaepernick enough money to persuade him to play. But if he doesn’t play there, it apparently won’t have anything to do with his protests during the national anthem.

25 responses to “AAF will welcome “best available players,” without regard to social stances

  1. Look. At. That. Stance. What kind of throwing motion is that? Kaep is terrible. Take it from a niner fan that watched him grass it three yards in front of a wide open Anquan. Or throw two straight pick sixes to open a game in Arizona. He even overthrew Moss in the super bowl for an Ed Reed interception.

  2. Uh huh!!! They are of course a league that has no players yet. They have yet to sell a ticket. So signing a controversial player like Kap actually gives them free publicity and the controvery could actually spark some interest in the league. So yeah no surprise there. However if they sign Kap and he does something outrageous that offends 50% of the fan base into protesting the league in some form… he will be out on his rear. Sound familar?

  3. I wasn’t interested in this new league before they announced this. Now I am resolved not to watch it at all costs.
    I wouldn’t watch anything Vince McMahon is a part of, ever.
    I hope this new league falls flat on its face and disappears as fast as it can.

  4. Does that mean they will also welcome guys like Ray Rice, Aldon Smith et al? I’m all for it. If the justice system is satisfied with them, then they should not be denied opportunities to work.

    I also hope they are wise enough to not prohibit players from smoking marijuana too.

    I think there’s room enough for this league to be successful, if they can sidestep a lot of the issues that the NFL has repeatedly stepped in. Don’t be moralality police. Don’t pay lip service to player safety unless you are 100% committed. Don’t take stands on social issues. Don’t tinker with the rules on a yearly basis. Don’t chase every last dollar.

  5. Without regard to social circumstances, huh? This or the CFL is where Kaep needs to play, but like I said before he’d need some actual new game tape if he wants to come close to the NFL again. If you’re saying he can’t beat out someone like Nathan Peterman or Scott Tolzein I’d have to disagree.

  6. I was hoping this league could serve as a feeder league for future NFL QB’s. Kurt Warner type guys that maybe didn’t catch the scouts’ eyes at Northern Iowa. Kaepernick has already led an NFL team to a super bowl and back to back championship games, so talent isn’t the reason he’s not playing. He doesn’t have anything to prove. He’s just on another mission. He’s like J.J. Watt. He’s working for a higher power. He has a darker complexion than J.J., so he’s the bad guy.

  7. Look. At. That. Stance. What kind of throwing motion is that? Kaep is terrible. Take it from a niner fan that watched him grass it three yards in front of a wide open Anquan. Or throw two straight pick sixes to open a game in Arizona. He even overthrew Moss in the super bowl for an Ed Reed interception.

    LOL at this QB expert complaining about a bad play in a Super Bowl. They were one play away from winning. There are 25 teams in the NFL that would kill for that. Kaepernick obviously isn’t a perfect QB but Harbaugh found a way to play to his strengths – of which there are many.

  8. Smart move. Sign the best available players and put a good product on the field. That’s what will determine success or failure.

  9. Beggars can’t be choosers. One plus is they’ll take some of the hashtag protest crowd with them.

  10. charliecharger says:
    May 19, 2018 at 8:07 am
    I was hoping this league could serve as a feeder league for future NFL QB’s. Kurt Warner type guys that maybe didn’t catch the scouts’ eyes at Northern Iowa. Kaepernick has already led an NFL team to a super bowl and back to back championship games, so talent isn’t the reason he’s not playing. He doesn’t have anything to prove. He’s just on another mission. He’s like J.J. Watt. He’s working for a higher power. He has a darker comple

    First off, he didn’t lead the team to a Super Bowl loss and 2 NFC championship games. It was the defense combined with the o-line and run game that played the biggest part in that. The year he took over for an injured Smith, they both had similar numbers but I think Smith had the better win percentage. As the team went down hill, Kaepernick stayed the same. His average passing and rush yards per game dropped slightly but it wasn’t a huge drop. Kaepernick doesn’t make a team better or worse, he just looks as good or as bad as the whole team looks. Tho I could see him as a starter for one of the worst teams in the league or even a back up on another, the law suit has screwed him from ever attempting a return to the NFL. Beyond the law suit, his talents doesn’t out weigh his headaches.

  11. This league will mostly cater to late NFL cuts but also there will be a place for veterans trying to get back into the NFL . The AAF will need name veteran players to get people to watch. That is just the nature of the business. The “best available players” is what fans want to see.

  12. The AAF will get some interest as too many fans are fed up with the many problematic issues Goodell has created himself or failed to properly address, e.g. the protest, the Reid complaint, the Kaepernick complaint, the NFL cheerleaders complaint, the ‘leaking’ problem at NFL HQ, allowing teams to ‘relocate’ like the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders and the failed ‘relocation’ of the Chargers, thus betraying decades-old fan bases and the soaring costs by fans to attend an NFL game. And, last but no least declining TV viewership and afn attendance at games. The later could result in massive NFL problems. Goodell has allowed the NFL integrity to be damaged and there are too many lingering distractions instead of focusing on football.

  13. Just don’t play and/or broadcast the national anthem. Back to old school. They didn’t do that back then. No anthem no problem. Enough with exploiting patriotism!

  14. About 65% of current NFL players should be shipped there ASAP.

  15. Since when was football a priority for the former QB and anti-American player? So the AFF sounds like great spot for the new friends of the libs, ms-13. Would hate to be under that pile!

  16. Not “without regard to social stances” if the guy is advocating something illegal or generally considered repugnant, I’d bet.

  17. From a fans stand point, these leagues dont really matter and probably would fail. But to players looking for that foot in the door, these new leagues are great to hear. A lot of minor league football players now have something else to strive for.

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