With no NFL team biting on the $150,000 transfer fee charged by the UFL to sign UFL players directly to active rosters, the UFL has dramatically dropped its price.
Robert Karpeles of FanHouse.com reports that the UFL has made the $125,000 reduction, citing an unnamed source and then quoting Commissioner Michael Huyghue.
“It is surprising to me that 15 NFL clubs would bring players in for tryouts with full knowledge that a transfer fee was required to sign them and then refuse to pay the fee,” Huyghue said.
“Notwithstanding, we recognize the value in sending players to the NFL and have accordingly reduced the fee to $25,000 which can be paid by the club or directly by the player.”
We’re told that the move was made in response to repeated pleas by UFL players, who believed it was fair for half of their standard salary of $50,000 to be returned to purchase their freedom.
It remains to be seen whether NFL teams or UFL players will pay the money.