Former NFL Executive of the Year Brings Three Decades of NFL Experience to The Alliance

SALT LAKE CITY, UT. – July 13, 2018 – Today, The Alliance of American Football announced Randy Mueller as general manager, Alliance Salt Lake. Mueller joins The Alliance from the Los Angeles Chargers, where he served as senior executive since 2008. He has over three decades of NFL experience, including two seasons as general manager of the New Orleans Saints and three with the Miami Dolphins. 

“To ensure high quality football on the field, it’s imperative we have seasoned front office executives in place with extensive experience finding talent and building teams at the highest levels,” said J.K. McKay, head of football operations, The Alliance. “Randy knows the game and is ready and able to build a competitive team that fans in Salt Lake can rally around and call their own.” 

Mueller spent the first 17 years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, rising from a pro personnel assistant to vice president of football operations. During his tenure the franchise secured two division titles and made five playoff appearances. In 2000, Mueller was hired as general manager for the New Orleans Saints. In his first season, the team won the NFC West and their first playoff game in franchise history, earning Mueller the Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year honor. In 2002, Mueller joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. In 2005, he returned to the NFL as general manager of the Miami Dolphins. In 2008, Mueller joined the Chargers as senior executive - a position he held for 10 seasons before joining The Alliance. During his tenure, the Chargers won two division titles, made three playoff appearances and added elite talent including running back Ryan Mathews, defensive end Melvin Ingram, wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon and 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year Joey Bosa. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to build something special in Salt Lake and provide players with a unique chance to begin, extend and/or revive their professional careers,” said Randy Mueller, general manager, Alliance Salt Lake. “Salt Lake is a city that loves the game and is deserving of a professional football team. Coach Erickson and I are committed to putting high-quality football on the field and forming a team that will compete for a championship in this inaugural season.” 

Fans looking to secure tickets early for the inaugural season can purchase season ticket seat deposits for $50 on a first-come, first-served basis on or by calling (833) AAF-2019. Ticket pricing and seat locations for Alliance Salt Lake home games will be released later this summer. The Alliance has committed to making a limited number of $35 sideline seats available for purchase. These will be among the best seats in the house but will not be the least or most expensive available, as there will be tickets with pricing to accommodate every budget. 

About The Alliance of American Football

Led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, The Alliance of American Football is a dynamic professional football league fueled by an unprecedented Alliance between players, fans and the game. Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance will feature eight teams with 50-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule in the spring beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019. 

The eight cities and head coaches include: : 

  • Alliance Orlando - Steve Spurrier 
  • Alliance Atlanta - Brad Childress 
  • Alliance Memphis - Mike Singletary 
  • Alliance Salt Lake - Dennis Erickson 
  • Alliance Phoenix - Rick Neuheisel 
  • Alliance San Diego - Mike Martz 
  • Alliance Birmingham - Tim Lewis 
  • Alliance San Antonio - Mike Riley 

Fans will be able to stream Alliance matchups live via the free Alliance app while accessing integrated fantasy options with real rewards — for themselves and the players they are cheering on. With a focus on player well-being on and off the field, The Alliance will provide players with a commitment to safety and state-of-the-art equipment as well as a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning, financial counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education. 

Tom Lindquist