The Jacksonville Sharks have announced that they have signed quarterback Tommy Grady for the 2018 season. Grady missed a majority of last season with a broken foot. Before going down with injury, he threw for 1,060 yards and 23 touchdowns in six games started.
2018 will be Grady’s fourth season playing with the Sharks and his ninth overall. He began his arena football career with the Yard Dawgs in 2010. After just one season in Oklahoma City, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze in 2011. He spent three seasons there before heading to the steel city to play with the Pittsburgh Power in 2014. Grady eventually joined the Sharks in 2015.
Jacksonville moved from the Arena Football League to the National Arena League in 2016. The first NAL season began on March 17. It ended on July 10 with the Sharks defeating the Columbus Lions, 27-21.
The National Arena League previously announced that five new teams would join the league in 2018. The five teams are set to play in Trenton, NJ, Providence, RI, Orlando, FL, Boston, MA and Richmond, VA.
Only one of those teams, the Richmond Roughriders, have played arena football already. They won the Arena Pro Football championship back on June 10. The other four teams are expansion teams.