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ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire announce that three players have been assigned to the team roster on the eighth day of free agency.  Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.  The free agency signing period for the Arena Football League began on Monday, March 4.

Deniko Carter, Wide Receiver

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Deniko Carter played collegiately at the University of West Georgia after transferring from junior college.  In his first year with the Wolves in 2015, Carter led the team with six touchdown receptions as a junior.  Following college, Carter joined the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent for rookie minicamp.  After a workout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL, Carter most recently spent time in the AAF with the Atlanta Legends.

Juwan Offray, Defensive Back

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Juwan Offray started his collegiate career at Oklahoma State before transferring to Louisiana-Monroe for his final two seasons.  As a Warhawk, Offray locked down opposing wide receivers, and added two interceptions and 15 passes defended between his junior and senior seasons in 2016 and 2017. Following college, Offray spent time with the Memphis Express of the AAF.  Offray is looking forward to coming to Albany and taking his game to the next level in front of Albany’s electrifying fans.

Trae Tiller, Defensive Line

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Trae Tiller played collegiately at Southern University.  As a member of the Jaguars, Tiller was part of a SWAC Conference championship team.  After college, Tiller had workouts with the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers.  Following a draft camp, Tiller spent time with the San Antonio Talons and the Duke City Gladiators.  Tiller was most recently a member of the Nebraska Danger of the IFL.

Derrick Dyer, defensive back, and Gio Pascascio, wide receiver, have been placed on Recallable Reassignment.

Fans can secure season tickets for the Albany Empire by calling 518-533-2200, by going to, or by stopping by the Empire office located in the Times Union Center.  A limited number of great seats are still available!  Want to bring your organization to a game, fundraise, or perform on the field? Group experiences are now on sale.  Call 518-533-2200 for additional information.

Albany Empire 2019 Season Presented By CDPHP.

About Albany Empire

Season memberships for the 2019 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

About the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League can on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

About Times Union Center

Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the Times Union Center is “Upstate New York’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world’s largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year. 

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 26 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Instagram.

About Transfinder

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to school districts, municipalities and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for the past eleven straight years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics.

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