Some New York quarterback castaways are finding a new home.
The newly minted Alliance of American Football held its inaugural draft Tuesday night and reached deep into the vault of backup QBs who have been run out of this town.
Christian Hackenberg, a former second-round pick by Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, was coincidentally also selected in the second round of the AAF draft by the Memphis Express. Hackenberg was a colossal bust for Gang Green, not even able to beat out Bryce Petty for the backup QB job. He did not appear in a single regular season game for the Jets and was traded to the Raiders in May.
“I don’t think you would look at it as a success,” Maccagnan said of Hackenberg’s time with the Jets.
Former Jets and Giants backup Josh Johnson was the first overall pick of the Alliance draft, a protected pick by the San Diego Fleet. Johnson had a cup of coffee with the Jets but spent a year with the Giants, never getting into a regular season game.
Matt Simms, the son of Giants legend Phil Simms, was taken in the second round by the Atlanta Legends. The younger Simms was signed by the Jets in 2012 and waived just a few months later before the regular season even began. Michael Vick, also a former Jets quarterback, is an offensive coordinator for the Legends.
The Alliance League is billed not as a competition to the NFL but as a complement, beginning in February after the Super Bowl with a 10-week season featuring eight teams.
There have been other attempts at rival professional football leagues in the past, including Donald Trump’s USFL, which failed miserably.