Trent Richardson has officially signed his Alliance of American Football League contract.
— AAF (@TheAAF) August 29, 2018
“Excited about this,” Richardson told Matt Zenitz of AL.com. “Another opportunity for my professional career. Happy to be doing something that I really love doing, especially in Alabama and in Birmingham, which is a home away from home for me.”
The Saskatchewan Roughriders granted Richardson his release in mid-August.
“I talked to Jimmy Sexton his agent and I talked to Trent and it was a situation where he’s got four young children at home, he’s been in a custody situation and Trent’s a really, really good dude, he’s a good dad and the opportunity arose for him to take a job with the Birmingham team in the AAF that new league,” head coach and general manager Chris Jones said.
“So it was an opportunity for him to go down and make a living. They wouldn’t allow him to cross the border up here and keep his children.”
The Riders put Richardson on the suspended list after he failed to report for training camp. He signed with Saskatchewan last September and entry-level contracts in the CFL are two-years, meaning Richardson the 2018 season remaining on his deal. That pact would have paid him $67,500 in hard money. The 27-year-old thought he was a free agent in the off-season, which wasn’t the case.
Players in the AAF are signed to three-year contracts with a minimum base salary of $250,000 American dollars.
The 27-year-old carried the ball 48 times for 259 yards, scoring two touchdowns in four games for Saskatchewan in 2017. Saskatchewan went 3-1 when Richardson was in the lineup and he improved his yards-per-carry each time out. The last game CFL Richardson played was against Montreal and the five-foot-nine, 225-pound back ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Richardson rushed for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in 2011. After finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, behind Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, Richardson ran for 96 yards and one touchdown to help Alabama win the BCS National Championship. So it makes sense he would want to play for the professional team in the state capital.