This week, the AAF closed the store only 8 games in its first season (and probably only). Shortly thereafter, they made sure to inform the NFL that their players are free of any contract and that they can sign with the NFL teams immediately.
A full season of ten games and the playoffs would have provided a greater focus of attention for many of these players, but even in eight games, there were some that stood out and earned another look at the NFL teams. Some of those players were Raiders once and not only deserve another chance, but the Raiders would be smart to include them in their offseason lists to compete for a place on their 2019 lists.
ED DaMontre Moore
Moore spent two games with the Raiders last season. The previous selection of the third round showed that he can rush the pbader, placing 7.0 sacks in seven games. That average of sacks per game was the best in the league. The Raiders do not have the luxury of risking a player who can put those kinds of numbers. They currently have an edge edge in the list. Moore would be a welcome sight.
TE Marcus Baugh
Baugh had 13 receptions for 202 yards, which was the third among the tight ends of the AAF and also added a pair of scores. With the loss of Jared Cook, the Raiders could use another tight end. Baugh may not be the answer as a starter, but with an open competition today, this would be a good place for him. It would be cheaper than Derek Carrier, and it would not take much to be more productive.
QB Garrett Gilbert
The AAF's leading pbader in his short life, Gilbert proved that he has the potential to be a solid NFL endorsement at a minimum. Currently, the Raiders have a full house as a quarterback, but you can not tell me that Gilbert would not give Nathan Peterman a run for his money. Nobody knocked on the doors of Mike Glennon or Landry Jones either.
T Terry Poole
Poole was never a Raider, but he was on the Seahawks list under Tom Cable for a couple of years. He was selected in the fourth round by the Seahawks of San Diego State and proved to be one of the best tackles in the AAF. Showing yourself there along with your familiarity with Cable might be enough to get you a low season invitation.
G Ryan Cummings
Cummings was never appropriate for the Raiders, either in the offseason or not. But he deserves a shot. And with the Raiders needing a guard, the 23-year-old would be a good signing. Read what Arif Hasan of The Athletic said about Cummings, and tell me that he is not the best candidate for an invitation to the field:
Cummings was a former left tackle in Wyoming before moving inward to protect himself, and that shows in his ability to move. Unfortunately for the former Wyoming Cowboy, Cummings missed a large part of his senior year in college due to a severe case of bacterial meningitis. He received a field invitation from the Houston Texans, but did not have time to play in the training camps.
Several AAF players are already training with NFL teams and the Raiders would be smart if they were among them.