Lower Transfer Fee Opens Pipeline From UFL to NFL

As of December 1, not a single UFL player had made the jump to a NFL team, raising important questions concerning the intentions of two year-old league.  The UFL’s insistence on collecting a $150,000 transfer fee was the obvious culprit.  When the UFL lowered the transfer fee to $25,000 a few days later, the New England Patriots signed Eric Moore, formerly of the Florida Tuskers.  Other teams quickly followed suit, and according to the UFL, 31 players have joined NFL teams or practice squads.

The UFL is now aware that there is a demand for its players, and perhaps more significantly, the UFL knows what the market will bear.  It will be interesting to watch how the UFL will use this year’s experience when determining whether to include a transfer fee clause in player contracts next season.

2010 United Football League players signed to NFL teams 
Player Pos. UFL team NFL team Status
Bartel, Richard QB Sacramento Mountain Lions Arizona Active 
Booker, Lorenzo RB Hartford Colonials Minnesota Active 
Brown, Colin OG Hartford Colonials Buffalo Active
Clark, Brian WR Florida Tuskers Detroit Active
Clayton, Michael WR Omaha Nighthawks NY Giants Active 
Cook, Emanuel S Hartford Colonials NY Jets Active
Demps, Quintin DB Hartford Colonials Houston Active 
Francies, Coye DB Las Vegas Locos Cleveland Active
Hauschka, Steve K Las Vegas Locos Denver Active
Moore, Eric DE Florida Tuskers New England Active 
Pears, Eric OT Omaha Nighthawks Buffalo Active
Ratliff, Keiwan DB Florida Tuskers Cincinnati Active
Rhodes, Dominic RB Florida Tuskers Indianapolis Active
Sendejo, Andrew S Sacramento Mountain Lions Dallas Active 
Bender, Jacob OT Hartford Colonials Washington Practice Squad
Braxton, Branndon OT Las Vegas Locos Cleveland Practice Squad
Carter, Patrick WR Hartford Colonials Miami Practice Squad
Castille, Simeon CB Florida Tuskers Minnesota Practice Squad
Develin, James FB Florida Tuskers Cincinnati Practice Squad
DeVree, Tyson TE Hartford Colonials Cleveland Practice Squad
Hall, Roy WR Omaha Nighthawks Detroit Practice Squad
Hannula, Ben DB Hartford Colonials NY Giants Practice Squad
Ingram, Kenny LB Hartford Colonials NY Giants Practice Squad
Lawrence, Simoni LB Hartford Colonials Chicago Practice Squad
Leman, Jeremy LB Florida Tuskers San Diego Practice Squad
Pociask, Jason TE Florida Tuskers Dallas Practice Squad
Price, Maurice WR Florida Tuskers  Washington Practice Squad
Taylor, Rendrick FB Omaha Nighthawks Tampa Bay Practice Squad
Trufant, Isaiah CB Las Vegas Locos NY Jets Practice Squad
Walker, Derek DE Hartford Colonials Seattle Practice Squad
Windsor, Rod WR Sacramento Mountain Lions Cleveland Released from PS

Courtesy United Football League Press Release, dated December 16, 2010.


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