Jets sign former AAF, Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed quarterback Brandon Silvers, a former Troy University star who had been playing in the now-suspended Alliance of American Football.
Silvers threw for 777 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in three starts for the Memphis Express, including leading them to a 31-25 victory over Birmingham on March 24 in the only overtime game in AAF history.
The 24-year-old quarterback went undrafted last year after finishing his four-year career at Troy with 10,677 yards passing — second in school history — 71 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. His 70.5 percent completion rate in 2014 broke the NCAA record for a freshman, previously set by Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford (69.5 in 2007.
Silvers participated in New Orleans’ rookie minicamp, but was not signed by the Saints.
He joins a Jets quarterbacks room that includes starter Sam Darnold, who’s entering his second season, veteran Trevor Siemian and Davis Webb.