The memo, distributed to the 32 clubs, discouraged teams from engaging with AF players or their agents. This was the standard procedure because the NFL is proactive to avoid the possibility of litigation. NFL teams are not allowed to contact players from other leagues. Although the AAF has suspended operations, it has not officially folded or canceled its season. Until then, NFL teams have been invited to stand aside.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on the memo.
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There was also an internal memo sent by AAF Tuesday that put an end to the employees, another sign that the league would not come back this year. The memo said the league would look for new investors and could come back next year if some holdbacks could restructure the company successfully.
There has been no public announcement regarding the current status of the AAF.
"I'm always [keeping hope]of course, "said Terrell Bonds, Memphis Express cornerback, about the restart of AAF. "I'm back, of course. Without question. As fast as possible. "
Bonds also hopes that an NFL team will have seen what he has done this season – 17 tackles in eight games – and could invite him to camp.
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Martin, 29, was a member of five different NFL teams before landing in the AAF. He says some players could play in the NFL.
"I played in several different teams during my stay there. That's why I personally know a lot of these guys, and I can tell you for sure, more guys than you think deserve a chance and have to be in the NFL, "Martin said.
Some will have this chance. For the moment – until the AAF finalizes its current status and the NFL gives the green light to its teams to pursue the players – they will have to wait.
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