There are 17 AAF products still working in the NFL

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The AAF didn’t make it, but some of their players still did.

The failed developmental league has placed 17 alumni onto NFL rosters at the moment.

As compiled by, that includes eight players who are still on active rosters.

The list includes a pair of Browns (Orlando Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert and running back D'Ernest Johnson) and a pair of Broncos (Salt Lake Stallions defensive tackle Mike Purcell and San Antonio Commanders defensive back Davante Bausby).

Also making 53-man rosters at the moment are Chargers long snapper Cole Mazza (Birmingham Iron), 49ers offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill (San Diego Fleet), Panthers offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Iron), and Steelers defensive back Kameron Kelly (Fleet).

Nine other players from the AAF are on practice squads, though those jobs are a lot more temporary sometimes: Panthers defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (Atlanta Legends), Panthers linebacker Sione Teuhema (Arizona Hotshots), Rams quarterback John Wolford (Hotshots), Rams offensive lineman Jeremiah Kolone (Fleet), Titans quarterback Logan Woodside (Commanders), Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward (Commanders), Ravens linebacker Aaron Adeoye (Iron) and Washington linebacker Chris Odom (Stallions).

While not a huge number of players, it does speak to the general opportunity created by another league, a niche that the XFL is going to try to fill next year.

13 responses to “There are 17 AAF products still working in the NFL

  1. Most of these guys where young enough to get a look at camp so I am not sure you can say the AAF gave them the opportunity.

  2. Why isn’t NFL smart enough to just partner with the CFL and make that a default feeder league? It’s already stable, has a fan base etc. Just partner NFL teams 3-4 NFL teams with each CFL team, and allow practice squad and futures contract players to get reps there. Everybody wins. I’m already addicted to football to the point that I watch 1-2 CFL games per year, I’d definitely more if I knew they had a few guys from my favorite NFL team playing there as well.

  3. The AAF games were enjoyable and they had some good players. A shame the management had no plan to actually operate and survive beyond a few weeks.

  4. I’d be interested in a football future of 8 XFL / 8 CFL teams (so long as they adopt NFL rules) or if the CFL isn’t interested an expanded 16 team XFL where the league(s) are essentially minor league teams for the NFL.

    If a 1/2 a year of AAF can produce that many on a 53 man roster there is obvious benefits to playing football rather than just practicing football. 16 teams, geographically friendly to 2 NFL teams that fill the rosters with late round picks, what used to be practice squad guys, etc.

  5. So, “players” are “products” now? Like the AAF created them in a factory? It’d be one thing if the league had lasted a while and actually developed players but these guys got stiffed wages after only playing a few weeks.

  6. yes… but how many of those 17 players were on rosters or practice squads in 2018 for the NFL? like Garrett gilbert was on the Panthers roster last year

  7. The AAF players did their jobs. Same can’t be said for the ownership structure.
    Kuods to those who capitalized on their opportunity.

  8. Maybe someday another league will have the financial commitment to endure…just as in the other major sports, the NFL needs to have a “minor league” so to speak to help develop players and give them legit playing time to do so. I think the NFL should help establish that.

  9. NFL Europe developed quite a few players, esp. QBs and OL. Kitna and Warner both played there, iirc.

    The college game is too different for it function as a minor league for the NFL.

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