The Massachusetts Pirates signed veteran quarterback Sean Brackett on Saturday. Brackett spent the 2017 season with the Washington Valor.
Former quarterback Erik Meyer had come out of retirement to play for the then expansion franchise Valor in their inaugural season in the Arena Football League (AFL). Unfortunately for him, he was injured and lost very early in the season. Washington signed Brackett and he started short after.
During his tenure in Washington, Brackett threw for 1,866 yards and 38 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions. Washington finished last in the AFL and were the lone team out of the playoff picture last season.
AZ Central reported a few days ago that former Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila had signed with Valor, which meant Brackett was going to more likely than not lose his job regardless. He will have a good chance to win the starting job in Massachusetts with no other quarterback currently on their roster.
The Pirates will need him to do well, too. The National Arena League has many talented quarterbacks such as Tommy Grady, Warren Smith Jr and two-time defending Indoor Football League MVP Charles McCullum.
Massachusetts will begin their inaugural season on April 7 when they host another expansion team in the Maine Mammoths at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The NAL will be playing their second season in 2018. Last season, the season ran from March 17 – July 10 with the Jacksonville Sharks defeating the Columbus Lions in the inaugural NAL title game, now known as the National Arena Bowl.
This season, the season starts April 7 and ends Saturday, Aug. 25 with the team with the best record hosting National Arena Bowl II.