The Alliance of America Football announced on Thursday that the league’s players are now free to sign with NFL teams.

NFL teams are not permitted to contact players in other leagues, however with the AAF’s operations ceasing, it was expected that teams would begin actively identifying and inquiring about the league’s potential NFL talent, but a report from Yahoo Sports claims that a league-wide memo was sent to all 32 of the NFL’s franchises on Wednesday, discouraging them from contacting the AAF’s players or their agents, for fear of possible litigation.

The spring football league consisted of former collegiate and professional football players – including several former Buccaneers – prior to the AAF suspending all operations in a whirlwind of confusion and dysfunction earlier this week.

It was reported that some players were left without lodging, vendors were left unpaid and an email was sent to the league’s staff, informing many of them that their employment would be terminated, effective on Wednesday.

With the announcement official, outside leagues are now permitted to contact and sign the AAF’s players freely as free agents, and according to the Canadian Football League’s website, the free agent free-for-all has already begun in the CFL.

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  1. Latest NFLPA salary-cap report has Bucs with $1.78 million, smallest available space of all 32 teams. Seven teams still have $30m+, Colts leading the way at $59.8 million.

    CB Jamar Summers/UConn 6-0 190, formerly of the Birmingham Iron, should get a look see. The Bucs in need of some depth in their secondary should bring him in and let him compete for the starting job at nickel cornerback. Summers signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent last offseason.

    In his brief existence in the AAF, Summers recorded 3 INTs, and had 10 passes defended. He also tallied 14 tackles and 1 TFL. With needs in their secondary, the Bucs have enough in cap space to add Summers for a 1 year contract at the rookie minimum 630k and see if he can make the team. Nothing fails but a try. No harm, no fault. Go Bucs!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPUnYPhRrKA

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  2. I agree Mac….there are alot of really good AAF players

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  3. BA needs to contact the coaches of the Orlando Apollos, Birmingham Iron, and the San Antonio team and ask who their star players are to watch on film. The Apollos have the QB who would have been the VIP of their league who was an accurate deep thrower, very smart, tough and calm, and lots of heart, Johnson, their star WR got open lots of times, they had a shut down cover Corner, a playmaking LB, and good linemen on both sides of the ball.

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  4. just saying the Bucs have a former AAF coach on staff now… DL coach anyway.

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  5. Leave no stone unturned…this is great news for us with our cap situation. League minimum contracts are about all that’s within our budget

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