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UFL previously prevented Chargers from signing Nick Novak

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As UFL teams and players continue to buzz regarding Commissioner Michael Huyghue’s clumsily-abandoned desire to collect $150,000 for each UFL player who signs with an NFL team after the UFL season ends, we’re being flooded with more and more information that tends to prove that the UFL isn’t as interested in helping players get back to the NFL as the UFL pretends to be when persuading players to sign with them.

Case in point?  As Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in late October, the Chargers wanted to sign Florida Tuskers kicker Nick Novak, after Nate Kaeding suffered an injury.  The Chargers were willing to pay the $150,000 transfer fee in order to get Novak.

But the UFL declined.  Specifically, Huyghue declined.

So why should anyone think that Huyghue won’t enforce the league’s contractual rights to the letter, absent a clear commitment not to do so?

For a league that has struggled to get attention for the things it’s doing on the field, the UFL finally has something in common with the NFL — an intriguing off-field scandal.

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7 Responses to “UFL previously prevented Chargers from signing Nick Novak”
  1. mikebyrne1502 says: Nov 18, 2010 3:07 PM

    Nick Novak has got to be pissed off, the game is Monday night and the Chargers haven’t released Kris Brown yet so it wouldn’t surprise me if the Chargers might be losing faith in Keading and gaining for Brown. Could have been Novak.

    Nate Keading is a Modern day Mike Vanderjackt

  2. jhorton83 says: Nov 18, 2010 3:14 PM

    This Huyghue dude seems pretty clueless. Not terribly surprising for someone running a league consisting of 5 teams. It seems like they want to be the unofficial minor leagues of the NFL but also a competitor at the same time. It just doesn’t work like that.

  3. worsethingss says: Nov 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    If I was Novak, I would be PISSED. They promote the league to players as a way to get back in the NFL then won’t let them when they have the chance? That is messed up.

  4. pastabelly says: Nov 18, 2010 3:45 PM

    If it weren’t for PFT, I wouldn’t even know this league existed. They should pay Florio by the post.

  5. savocabol1 says: Nov 18, 2010 4:09 PM

    Its only a scandal because you “media” people are making it out to be one. I could care less about the UFL

  6. ravensrule says: Nov 18, 2010 7:00 PM

    Poor Nick “the kick”,,,as a Terps fan hoping for the best

  7. goldsteel says: Nov 19, 2010 12:00 AM

    With the latest news does that mean Nick can now return to the NFL? He should. He was one heck of a kicker at Maryland. I think he holds an ACC record for most points?

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