Merchantmen release Ellis McAlister
The Cinderella story is over. Ellis McAlister, the 36-year old former sixth round draft pick, was today announced to be released by the Maassluis Merchantmen after 14 seasons of service. The decision comes after McAlister's statistically worst season, for the first time throwing more interceptions than touchdowns and seeing his quarterback rating plummet to below 75 for the first time.
The franchise quarterback played in 144 regular season games and 10 playoff games. His regular season tally ends at exactly 35,000 passing yards with 218 touchdowns and 152 interceptions. McAlister ranks third all-time amongst all Merchantmen quarterbacks in passing yards and sixth in touchdown passes.
The Merchantmen are stuck in a deep salary cap situation, projected to be $230 million over the cap if they don't make any roster moves, renegotiations and use their current 8 draft picks. Releasing McAlister opens up just $34 million of cap space, as this is just the beginning of an unavoidable domino effect of roster cuts, trades and heavily negotiated contract restructures.
Along with McAlister, nine other long time veteran players will be released come next Monday. The players and their various player agents have already been informed, but McAlister's departure stands out far above the others. The off-season will be busy in Maassluis, the 2088 roster will see many changes for the last three seasons' conference semifinalist.
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Last edited by MIJB#19 : 02-07-2020 at 02:55 PM.