The Alliance of American Football is slowly building its roster, and former members of the Los Angeles Chargers are finding work in the sport.
The new league, which kicks off shortly after the conclusion of the NFL season, which feature eight teams and is supposed to act as a “feeder” league to the NFL.
In addition to former placekicker Nick Novak, three more former Chargers have signed on to play in the upstart league, which was formed by Charlie Ebersol and will include former NFL players Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Justin Tuck as well as longtime general manager Bill Polian.
Zach Mettenberger and Javontee Herndon have signed with the Alliance Memphis team while former linebacker Charmeachelle Moore has signed with the team based in San Diego.
A sixth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2014, Mettenberger spent the summer of 2016 with the Chargers after being claimed off waivers. He was released later that same summer after a dreadful preseason.
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Herndon spent three seasons with the team after going undrafted out of Arkansas in 2014. He was always a bottom-tier receiver on the roster but contributed in 2015 when the team was riddled with injuries. He caught 24 passes for 195 yards that season.
Moore’s time with the Chargers will be remembered more for having one of the hardest names to pronounce in team history than anything he ever did on the field. An undrafted player out of Kansas State, Moore never suited up for a regular season game.
But that’s what this new league is all about. It’s going to provide an opportunity for guys who can still play the game at a high level to go out and compete and show what they can still do. A handful of them will likely get another shot in the NFL at some point, even if it’s just an invitation to a team’s training camp.
The AAF will begin a 10-game season on February 19, 2019.