Receiver Mark Chapman, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 CFL draft, is signing with the Salt Lake City franchise in The Alliance of American Football league, per sources.
Chapman becomes the first player with a national designation from the CFL to sign with an AAF team.
Chapman signed with the Denver Broncos in July and attended training camp with the team playing in all four pre-season games making seven receptions for 58 yards. The Broncos released Chapman among the final training camp cuts.
He attended New York Giants rookie mini-camp but did not receive a contract offer in May. However, Chapman was impressive and put that on film for other teams around the NFL to see. All 32 teams attended the Central Michigan University pro day where Chapman performed well. Clearly, the Broncos took notice offering a contract in advance of training camp.
Chapman was selected No. 1 overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but the team and player were “light years apart” during contract negotiations in May. He came to Hamilton on June 29 watching the Ticats beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Bob Young’s private box, although, the meeting was positive, no deal came to fruition.
The son of a marine led Central Michigan University with 59 receptions and 875 yards while reaching the end zone five times in 13 games during his senior season in 2017. He made 147 receptions for 2,035 yards and 10 touchdowns over four years with the Chippewa’s.