While the AAF's short-lived run as a football league may be looked back on as mostly a failure, it has allowed some players to reinvigorate their careers. Following the league's announcement last week that it would suspend all operations, many NFL teams have begun to sign talent that was on display for just under two months.
The Redskins are one of those teams, and it seems as if Washington is taken advantage of the plethora of players that have just hit the open market. After signing two players from the AAF on Monday, the Redskins added another on Thursday when the team announced the addition of Memphis Express linebacker DeMarquis Gates to the 90-man roster.
Gates, who played college ball at Ole Miss and went undrafted in 2018, recorded 72 tackles and a single sack during his time in the AAF. Prior to that, Gates had spent just a short month with the Browns in the summer of 2018 before being cut.
While there's no guarantee that Gates earns a roster spot for next season, he now gives the Redskins another linebacker to look at in the coming months. As NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes, the linebacker position should be filled with competition in 2019 as there are no clear-cut starters to man the middle of the defense.
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