It appears that Central Michigan alum WR Mark Chapman won’t be in the CFL any time soon. According to reports on 3downnation and TSN the No. 1 pick in the 2018 CFL draft is signing with the Salt Lake City franchise in The Alliance of American Football league.
Chapman was selected No. 1 overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats earlier this year. Making Central Michigan only the 6th team to ever have a player go first overall in both the NFL and CFL drafts. ( http://Chapman was selected No. 1 overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats )
Chasing the NFL dream
Chapman originally tried to make it to the NFL. He attended a rookie mini-camp with the New York Giants but did not receive a contract offer from the team.
He also signed with the Denver Broncos in July and played in all four pre-season games making seven receptions for 58 yards. However, the Broncos released Chapman among the final training camp cuts.
It’s about the money
Whilst the Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected Chapman first overall they may have envisioned a dynamic play-maker in their O. Chapman had led the Central Michigan Chippewas with 59 receptions and 875 yards in his senior year.
However they could never come to a deal with the player that both he and they were happy with during contract negotiations in May.
According to TSN’s David William Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) on twitter, The AAF will pay Chapman the equivalent of about $110K Canadian for a 10-game season. He was being offered less than $100K Canadian to play an 18-game season in the CFL.
If the AAF is able to out-bid the CFL in this way it will be a concern for the league. Players are always going to be happy with more options to play. If the AAF and later the XFL potentially drive up pay then players will be interested.
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