Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New York-New Jersey A11FL team may go out of the area for a ‘name’ quarterback


Today is the latest in a series of stories about potential A11 Football League players, by state, using a regional approach. The players are taken from a list of free agents from thesidelineview.com on October 7, and doesn’t reflect any changes in status that may have occurred since then.

It is easy to get stuck in the minutia of putting together a new professional football league – where is the money going to come from, where is the television contract going to come from, where will the teams be, etc.

All of that is for the leaders of the A11 Football League to continue to work on. The fun part is thinking ahead – who might be the players who will fill the rosters of the eight A11FL teams come the spring of 2015? We don’t know who will be available when players begin to be acquired, but we know who’s available now.

So let’s take a look at some players a New York-New Jersey-based A11FL team might want to pick up:

The quarterback position may be one where a marquee name might be brought in for a marquee market (JaMarcus Russell?). Russell, who will be 30 after the first A11FL season ends in 2015, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 National Football League Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He started just 25 games over three seasons for the Raiders, has a career NFL passer rating of 65.2 and hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2009.

As for whom somebody like Russell could hand off to, there is ex-Syracuse standout Delone Carter, who was a backup running back for the Indianapolis Colts in both 2011 and 2012, as well as a current Canadian Football League standout in Chad Kackert (New Hampshire). Some top receiving targets could be former Buffalo Bull and Buffalo Bill Naaman Roosevelt, as well as a pair of current CFLers – Taj Smith (Syracuse) and Ernest Jackson (Buffalo).

Defensively, a New York-New Jersey team could look to ex-New England Patriot Ron Brace (Boston College) for help at defensive tackle, along with a slew of CFL players such as linebackers Diamond Ferri (Syracuse), Anton McKenzie (Massachusetts) and Renauld Williams (Hofstra), and defensive end Keron Williams (Massachusetts).

There will be plenty of high-quality talent for every A11FL team to choose from when the time comes. There is potential for having more big names moved to this market than any other for obvious reasons, but there could be a strong regional presence, as well.

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