While the AAF was good for some players it crushed tons of undrafted players
The 2019 NFL Draft is over now and NFL teams are trying to finish their rosters out. Many have signed and filled out their rosters and will host several guys in mini camps over the next couple weeks. The problem is many players who would have usually been given a shot are sitting at home. I am mind blown but after talking to some friends around the league one thing was very clear as to why that was.
This year, football fans were able to experience a new football league called the AAF. The AAF was a pretty cool league until it abruptly shut down in week 8. That shutdown led to many players signing to NFL rosters. The AAF rosters were packed with veteran players who already experienced the NFL maybe more than once. Guys like Charles Johnson have been on several teams but signed after the AAF season folded. A total of 57 players from the AAF signed contracts with NFL teams. That took up 57 roster spots around the league.
While the AAF was a great opportunity for guys hoping to get into the NFL for a second chance it put a damper on guys coming out of the draft who would have likely been signed to a roster. It is very interesting to see some of the players sitting at home. There are so many players that have talent who are sitting at home still. I am mind blown because some of the players sitting at home can play, but they may not get the opportunity. While the AAF was great for 57 veterans, actually 55 because two were recently released, it sucked for some of the borderline prospects who never heard a call after the draft.
I do not like putting blame on anything but this definitely was an underlying factor.