UFL explains that players listed on rosters may not actually be on rosters

Well, the UFL finally has addressed the curious presence on Omaha Nighthawks’ roster of various former NFL players who have not yet agreed to play for the team, including quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the first pick in the 2007 draft.

Though some of the men haven’t signed contracts, the Nighthawks have secured dibs on the players, via the UFL draft or otherwise.  And so the Nighthawks have placed the men on the roster.

Other UFL teams are apparently doing the same thing.

“Players listed on UFL rosters are a combination of signed and unsigned players,” the league said in a release.  “Teams own the UFL rights to the players listed on their respective roster provided they are not signed to another professional team’s roster.”

That’s fine.  But the rosters need to point out this distinction.  Though some would argue that it’s no different than an NFL team listing unsigned draft picks on its roster, NFL draft picks almost always sign with the team that holds their rights.  For the UFL, targeting various free agents who are not under currently contract with NFL teams, but who presumably would like to be, looks more like a list to be recited while sitting on the lap of a large man in a red suit who smells like beef and cheese.

22 responses to “UFL explains that players listed on rosters may not actually be on rosters

  1. Also they acknowledged that Elvis Presley may not be on hand to sing the national anthem as originally advertised. He’s under the weather.

  2. They also refused to apoligise for the “date with Russian athlete Anna Kournikovo” promotion. A spokesman pointed out that the 318 pound shotputter spells her name differently, and, “does not look at ALL like Anna Kournikova, the tennis player”.

  3. So essentially they are using a similar system to the CFL’s Neg List, except the list is public knowledge.

  4. this is the third article today about this UFL crap…. I thought this was PRO-FOOTBALL TALK

  5. It’s no different than an NFL team listing unsigned draft picks on its roster.

  6. He actually has signed with the organization, just not as a player.
    He’ll be serving as a team consultant just in case any of the players develop a particularly bad cough.

  7. I’m going to take this business strategy and use it in my personal life…So, since i received a Victoria’s Secret catalog in the mail today, i’m dating one of the models….

  8. Players have to declare that they want to play in the NFL to be drafted but can be “drafted” in the UFL without saying that they even WANT to play in the UFL? It doesn’t make any sense.

  9. Does anyone actually care about the UFL? More than that, was anyone actually concerned about who the UFL teams were listing on their rosters?

  10. As any Eagles fan will attest, when confronted by a large man in a red suit who smells like beef and cheese, the political correct response is to boo.

  11. @moolah
    Though you might not think so, UFL players are paid to play, thus making them “professional”. Hence why it is discussed on profootballtalk. Plus I believe we are being given so much info on the UFL just as a precaution given the unsure future of the NFL.

  12. the ufl is a joke, if they want to be even have a little credability they need 10-12 teams. not 5, how caresssssssssssssss.

  13. # robert ethen says: July 16, 2010 8:12 PM
    They also refused to apoligise for the “date with Russian athlete Anna Kournikovo” promotion. A spokesman pointed out that the 318 pound shotputter spells her name differently, and, “does not look at ALL like Anna Kournikova, the tennis player”.
    ———————
    Stop it!!! (hahahahahahahahahahahahaha)

  14. Omaha is so lucky if they don’t have that fat waste of life who makes America look pathetic, JaFatlardpurpledrank Russell……..on their team.

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