The Alliance of American Football kicked off on Saturday with their inaugural slate of games, with the Orlando Apollos hosting the Atlanta Legends and the San Antonio Commanders hosting the San Diego Fleet.

The AAF’s rosters are built of localized former college players and a plethora of former NFL players, some of which formerly members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Three former Bucs played on Saturday.

Bucs WR Donteea Dye – Photo by: Getty Images

Wide receiver Donteea Dye, who was active in 11 games between 2015 and 2016 for the Bucs, hauling in 11 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown, played for Orlando.

Tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez, who spent most of his time with the Bucs on the team’s practice squad in 2014, but was active for one game that year, played for the San Antonio Commanders.

Defensive back Jude Adjei-Barimah played in 23 games for the Bucs between 2015 and 2016, starting eight games and accumulating three passes defended, 62 total tackles and a forced fumble before ending the 2016 season on the injured reserve. Adjei-Barimah played for the San Diego Fleet.

AAF games continue on Sunday where more former Bucs will see the field as the Birmingham Iron host the Memphis Express at 4 p.m. and the Arizona Hotshots host the Salt Lake Stallions at 8 p.m.

Bucs K Nick Folk - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs K Nick Folk – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Wide receivers Freddie Martino and Josh Huff, defensive back Sterling Moore and kicker Nick Folk will take the field for Arizona on Sunday and wide receivers Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga will play for Salt Lake.

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  1. I think it’s awesome to have a secondary league where these guys can continue their careers and hope to be noticed by an NFL team. HOF Kurt Warner can be thankful for second chances.

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    • Great points! A big thumbs up!

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  2. Saturday night I was curious so I turned it on for a bit wondering what former Buccaneers might be playing. I didn’t watch very long.

    The concept of being a developmental league, rather than a competing league, is one I have always thought could work. I would like to see these AAF teams linked to specific NFL teams similar to minor league baseball. Since there are 8 AAF teams and 32 NFL teams; why not have one AAF team affiliated with an entire NFL Division? As example, Orlando could be the team representing the NFC South. I know I’d be more interested then. Just a thought.

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  3. No interest at all.

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  4. I didn’t watch this weekend, but I would. I think it would catch on more if the games were scouted by (present in attendance) NFL FOs and we started to see players signed to practice squads or 53 rosters – doesn’t compete with the NFL – competes with the Shriners’s and Senior Bowl games. Wouldn’t want the AAF to get labeled as teams of washed out players or players not good enough to make an NFL roster. As scub said, there needs to be some linkage or pipeline to the NFL for legitimacy. #JMO.

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  5. what makes the NFL legit?
    if it’s good and it seems to be fairly good for a first weekend, the NFL will do what it did with the XFL steal the best parts and continue on

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  6. The rosters ARE linked to the teams they were in last in the NFL. For instance, players that last played for the Bucs are linked to the Orlando Apollos. For players leaving the AAF for NFL, there is no linkage.

    There is also a link between colleges and the teams, and its mostly local Florida schools linked to Orlando.

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