As a follow up to the article that I wrote a couple days ago about the USFL, I figured I should point interested parties to an article on Pro Football Talk. Normally, I’d just toss this on the HUB as a link, but since I’d already discussed the topic I wanted to comment on it a bit, and to make sure everyone saw it.
The key quote in the article is from Jim Steeg, who is leading the group that is bringing the league back:
If you truly believe a triple-A spring football league has merit, this is the way to go. It’s not meant to compete with the NFL. It will give players the opportunity to develop. There are 3,000 football players and only 1,800 roster spots in the NFL.
The plan is to give NFL teams “unfettered access” to USFL players, meaning that any player can be signed by an NFL team at any time. Unlike the previous incarnation of the USFL, this one wont be trying to compete with the NFL at any level.
While I’m sure the NFL’s contract will include language that will prohibit players from playing for USFL teams, the opposite will not be true. So players will be able to sign with USFL teams with no worries that it will hurt a potential NFL career.