AAF players cannot sign with CFL teams (yet)

Any player who suited up and remains under contract to an Alliance of American Football team cannot sign in the Canadian Football League, at least not yet.

There were a handful of players with CFL ties who chose to ink deals in the AAF instead of continuing their careers north of the border.

The AAF is still dealing with bankruptcy lawyers and ongoing legal processes which means any athletes who were under contract when the league suspended operations cannot put pen to paper until the legal dealings are finished.

Only players who are free agents can attend free agent or mini-camps with CFL squads. For example, receiver and defensive back Terrell Sinkfield could ink a CFL deal because the Orlando Apollos released him. Conversely, cover man Ciante Evans was signed with the Salt Lake Stallions when the AAF folded and won’t be eligible until the legal issues are decided.

More than 40 former AAF players have been snapped up by NFL franchises. That’s allowed because it was in the original agreement when the AAF was getting started.

Just one week into the spring season, the AAF required a huge infusion of cash to keep going. Tom Dundon, who owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, had unilateral decision-making power after making a $250-million investment into the league.

Dundon, the AAF chairman, put $70 million into the league through eight weeks and the AAF would have required another $20 million to get through the rest of its schedule, two more regular seasons weeks and a four-team playoff and championship game. The AAF was reportedly losing tens of millions of dollars a week.

The AAF consisted of eight teams and featured a collection of former NFL, CFL and college players. Until the lawyers complete the required paperwork, the pause button has been hit for franchises bringing in talent from the AAF.

“The Canadian Football League continues to have dialogue with the AAF,” the league said in a statement. “Until the player contracts are voided, CFL clubs will not be allowed to sign players who have a current contract with the AAF.”

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