We knew the Orlando Apollos had the best team in the short-lived AAF Spring football league and now, just days after the league folded, one of their defensive players has already gotten an opportunity to chases NFL dream, again.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday afternoon that Apollos defensive back Keith Reaser has been signed by the Kansas City Chiefs:
Deal includes $100k up front — $50K signing bonus, $25k workout bonus and $25k roster bonus, per source. https://t.co/3EEUn6cUiK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2019
Reaser, who has played for previously for four seasons in the NFL mostly with the San Francisco 49ers stood out not only with his coverage skills, but with big plays on defense.
That included his clinching “pick-six” interception return touchdown (above) in Orlando’s week two win at San Antonio.
Reaser finished the season with 12 tackles and three interceptions, as Orlando got to 7 – 1 and in prime position to capture the Alliance’s title. That is until the League’s new chairman, Thomas Dundon, on Tuesday elected to shut down operations against the wishes of the founders Charlie Ebersol and former NFL executive Bill Polian.
Dundon had assumed control in February with a reported $70 million cash infusion.
The AAF had made an announcement earlier in the day the players were free to sign with NFL teams.
Effective immediately, all AAF players are authorized to sign with NFL Clubs.
— The Alliance (@TheAAF) April 4, 2019
This was reportedly after a discrepancy on Wednesday that because the players had been paid through the eight game of their contracts, that for now, their rights would be retained temporarily by the AAF.
Still, that seems hard to fathom, when the player contracts called for a 10-game season and that was cut short by Dundon’s pulling of his finances.
Reaser is 27 years old and was drafted in the fifth round in 2014 out of FAU by the 49ers. He last played in the NFL in 2017 with those Kansas City and San Francisco for one game. Kansas City won the AFC West a year ago, but fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after the season due to poor defensive showings late in the year, including their AFC Championship Game loss to New England.
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