Dave Naylor, Justin Dunk, Kirk Penton and other national sports reporters have justifiably been sounding the alarm about the new Alliance of American Football.
The list of trial-and-failed leagues is lengthy, including the XFL and World League of American Football, but all have at one time threatened to choke off the supply of players heading to the Canadian Football League. This new project is doing the same, with reports claiming that 29 quarterbacks have already signed contracts with the eight-team league that is scheduled to begin play in November.
Receiver Mark Chapman, chosen first in the 2018 CFL draft, failed several NFL tryouts and instead of joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats chose to sign with the AAF’s Salt Lake City Stallions.
Chapman is a Canadian, but he also realized the benefits of trying the AAF, including the fact that its season is shorter and it pays bigger salaries than the CFL. The AAF could also provide a shorter route to the NFL. If it survives.