NFL teams not yet allowed to talk to AAF players

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On Wednesday, an NFL employee reported that AAF players are now fair game for NFL teams. Hopefully, no NFL teams relied on that report.

Per multiple sources, the NFL has instructed all teams to refrain from contacting AAF players or their agents.

Apparently, the AAF contracts have not yet been technically breached, which means that the AAF players have not yet technically been released.

Until that happens, NFL teams can’t sign, visit with, work out, or negotiate with AAF players.

It’s a strange situation, more insult to injury for a group of football players who are caught in a strange sort of football limbo, at least for now.

15 responses to “NFL teams not yet allowed to talk to AAF players

  1. Ouch. Thrown out of their housing. No job no chance to get another football job until they decide. What a huge disaster. No one looks good in this situation.

  2. So let me get this straight.
    The NFLPA refused to cooperate with the AAF, but now that it’s history, they will welcome any AAF player with open arms.

    No hard feelings, right guys?

  3. Yea Kaepernick so should have wasted his time “proving” himself in this league.

  4. From Deep Inside the Sanity Bunker… says:

    So let me get this straight.
    The NFLPA refused to cooperate with the AAF, but now that it’s history, they will welcome any AAF player with open arms.

    ———
    Yes, that is exactly the case. Why would the NFLPA encourage players to go play for the AAF where they have no relationship with the owners? If an NFL players tears an ACL while playing in the AAF, the NFLPA has no argument to say the NFL team shouldn’t cut that player.

    They are protecting players from themselves. It’s no different than an NFL team putting a clause in a players contract saying they can’t skydive and play pickup basketball in the offseason.

  5. I thought the AAF had an NFL out, and the whole point was to try to get an NFL contract?

  6. The NFL / NFLPA does not ahve a contractual relationship wtih the AAF. TNFL teams can approach AAF players all they want. The legal responsibility to not negotiate with NFL clubs resides with AAF players under contract.

    The advisory to not negotiate with AAF players is to protect them from shooting their own foot. That said, if you are not paying me then I am negotiating.

  7. So not getting paid and getting kicked out of their league sponsored housing doesn’t count as a breach?

    Polian may be a jerk, but he can sure draw up a contract

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