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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.

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22 Responses to “UFL explains that players listed on rosters may not actually be on rosters”
  1. robert ethen says: Jul 16, 2010 7:49 PM

    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. Citizen Strange says: Jul 16, 2010 7:57 PM

    Really, it’s no diferent than a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh.

  3. robert ethen says: Jul 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”.

  4. jliskiew says: Jul 16, 2010 8:12 PM

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

  5. moolah954 says: Jul 16, 2010 8:13 PM

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

  6. This is not news says: Jul 16, 2010 8:19 PM

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

  7. azredbird4 says: Jul 16, 2010 8:19 PM

    no biggie…those fans in the stands …they are really not fans

  8. JoeSixPack says: Jul 16, 2010 8:20 PM

    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.

  9. Florio was my prison b____ says: Jul 16, 2010 8:28 PM

    hahahahah… russell is such a piece of shit

  10. ShaKey says: Jul 16, 2010 8:39 PM

    Secure Favre for the trifecta!

  11. PurpleNGold says: Jul 16, 2010 9:08 PM

    A year from now this may be the only football to talk about.

  12. TryTheVeal says: Jul 16, 2010 9:09 PM

    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….

  13. kajun_at_work says: Jul 16, 2010 9:18 PM

    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.

  14. ChadO says: Jul 16, 2010 9:22 PM

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

  15. Dewsweeper says: Jul 16, 2010 9:26 PM

    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.

  16. C. Bolt says: Jul 16, 2010 11:10 PM

    @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.

  17. SethGecko says: Jul 16, 2010 11:23 PM

    @robert ethen
    you are a total douchebag

  18. Blackbeard says: Jul 17, 2010 12:08 AM

    Omaha is offering Russell all the purple drink he wants as a signing bonus…

  19. cmr says: Jul 17, 2010 12:55 AM

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

  20. steely devil hab says: Jul 17, 2010 6:50 AM

    # 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)

  21. JoeSixPack says: Jul 17, 2010 9:48 AM

    This word “roster”… I don’t think it means what they seem to think it means.

  22. the real deal says: Jul 17, 2010 11:04 AM

    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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