On Friday afternoon, the 49ers announced they had signed former-San Diego Fleet standout, defensive end Damontre Moore (6’4″) of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Before joining the AAF, he was drafted to play 4-3 defensive end by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He played in 15 games, where he recorded 11 tackles and 1 forced-fumble. Unfortunately for Moore, he was waived by the Giants in December of 2015, due to violating team rules — allegedly over an altercation regarding headphones with teammate Cullen Jenkins, per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
After brief stints with the Dolphins, Raiders (twice), Seahawks, and Cowboys, Moore found himself out of the league in December of 2018. That was until January of 2019, when he signed with the San Diego Fleet of the AAF.
Moore played 7 games in the now defunct AAF, where he tallied 22 tackles, 7.0 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery for the Fleet. Although his time with the Fleet was scarce, he made his presence felt — as he finished as the top-rated edge by Pro Football Focus, with a grace of 90.8.
Moore joins a stacked 49ers defensive line that boasts newly-acquired Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Ronald Blair, DJ Jones, Jullian Taylor, Kentavius Street, and more. Not to mention, the 49ers own the 2nd-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, when they’re expected to add yet another defensive lineman.
The Alliance of American Football launched on February 9 of this year, but has already suspended total operations due to a lack of financing. Although the league hasn’t fully “folded,” they are not currently operating while they pursue new investors. They recently announced that their players would now be free to sign with NFL teams at their discretion.
Even though the NFL reportedly sent a memo league-wide advising teams to not sign any players from the AAF yet, due to fear of litigation, that hasn’t stopped a handful of teams eager to get their hands on their top players.