I suspect Brett Boyko is with San Diego because they held his territorial rights since he was recently on the Chargers roster.
AAF’s Standard Contract is:
Year 1: $70,000 US or $92,265 CAN
Year 2: $80,000 US or $105,446 CAN
Year 3: $100,000 US or $131,807 CAN
AAF’s contracts are not guaranteed. Teams in theory could cut the whole roster every year and end up just having to $70,000 (before incentives) per player. I do suspect however, that a player who was elsewhere in the AAF in Year 1 would get the Year 2 salary even if he changed teams.
Besides signing just for a higher entry-level salary, the AAF has previously stated their intention of a health plan for players and their families. They also mention furthering their player’s education.
Of course everything sounds great as long as the check does not bounce.
Rosters size is 50. Minimum salary is therefore $3.5 million per team because nobody is in their 2nd year yet.
I am fairly certain that the CFL and AAF agreed to respect each other’s contracts. That means no double dipping for players under contract. A player could only play in both leagues during the same year only if they were previously released.
CFL players whose contracts expiring before the 2019 season will be free agents February 12, 2019. AAF’s season begins February 9-10 2019.
People say the AAF and XFL are Spring Leagues even though the majority of their games will be played in the Winter.
Personally if I am the NFL, I would be laughing at the thought of acquiring the AAF or XFL. These guys are essentially competing to give me a free farm system. No way would I even pay a dime because whoever owns these new leagues will probably lose money every year of their existence.
Besides, no football league will ever be true competition to the NFL unless they can match player salaries. That means $180 million US per team.