Former CFLers among first players to sign with Alliance of American Football League

The Alliance of American Football has signed its first 100 players for the new spring league and the list includes some former CFLers.

Former Bombers, Redblacks and Ticats kicker Sergio Castillo, former Ticats and Argos receiver Brian Tyms, former Ticats defensive back Will Hill, former Riders running back Marshaun Coprich and defensive lineman Tyriq McCord, who spent training camp with the Ticats, are all going to the new upstart league.

Running back Trent Richardson wants to sign with the AAF franchise in Birmingham, but he is still property of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. And other players are already opting for the AAF over the CFL.

The AAF begins a 10-game regular season with eight teams in February. The first batch of players to sign the league’s standard three-year deal worth $250,000 was announced Monday. The players are allocated based on where they played in college or professionally. Players without geographic ties to an AAF team are allowed to sign with any team.

Players who receive NFL contracts will be allowed to break deals with the AAF, which was founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.

-with CP files

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