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Pats become first team to sign UFL player to active roster in 2010

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On Thursday, the UFL dropped its transfer fee from $150,000 to $25,000.  On Friday, the first UFL player was signed to an NFL active roster since the transfer fee was enforced.

The Patriots have announced the acquisition of defensive end Eric Moore, who played for the Florida Tuskers.

We’re told that Moore was subject to the transfer fee, and that someone — either the player or the team — has paid it.

It remains to be seen whether other NFL teams will pay the fee (if the Pats indeed paid it), or whether other UFL players will fork over the $25,000 fee (if Moore in fact paid it).

The release announcing the move chronicles Moore’s prior NFL experience (he spent time most recently with the Panthers), but it makes no reference to his stint in the UFL.

To clear a roster spot for Moore, the Patriots cut linebacker Pierre Woods.

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18 Responses to “Pats become first team to sign UFL player to active roster in 2010”
  1. Brian Baker says: Dec 3, 2010 11:36 AM

    False – the Pats are the first team to pay a transfer fee for a UFL player. The Giants signed Michael Clayton from the UFL, but due to the transfer fee rules, he was not subject to a fee.

  2. hobartbaker says: Dec 3, 2010 11:48 AM

    Eric didn’t want to talk about his experience with the Tuskers, other than to say it was, “Uful, just uful!”.

  3. dolphinatic says: Dec 3, 2010 11:49 AM

    His major in College was Video Production and Editing, so you can consider him a dual-threat in their system.

  4. yashraba says: Dec 3, 2010 11:53 AM

    Brian Baker +1

    how DARE you overlook the mighty Michael Clayton, he’s the missing piece to hoisting the Lombardi trophy in Dallas!!!

  5. scheer1852 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:00 PM

    Brian Baker says:
    Dec 3, 2010 11:36 AM
    False – the Pats are the first team to pay a transfer fee for a UFL player. The Giants signed Michael Clayton from the UFL, but due to the transfer fee rules, he was not subject to a fee.

    ————————————————————

    Therefore, its true, the Pats are the first team to pay a transfer fee.

  6. gmen2dabowl says: Dec 3, 2010 12:00 PM

    yeah,the GIANTS DID IT FIRST!

  7. cjspiller12 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:04 PM

    @Brian Baker says:
    Dec 3, 2010 11:36 AM
    False – the Pats are the first team to pay a transfer fee for a UFL player. The Giants signed Michael Clayton from the UFL, but due to the transfer fee rules, he was not subject to a fee.
    ________________________
    Good catch…….was going to post the same thing.

  8. gman56 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:05 PM

    So this poor schmoe signed a standard UFL contract for 50 grand and had to give half the money back himself to be able to sign a standard NFL rookie contract paying him about 20 grand a week. If the Pats cut him after one week he’s still out 5 grand for that move. This has to be a blow to the UFL’s business model.

  9. realitypolice says: Dec 3, 2010 12:39 PM

    dolphinatic says:
    Dec 3, 2010 11:49 AM
    His major in College was Video Production and Editing, so you can consider him a dual-threat in their system.
    =======================

    And boom goes the dynamite.

  10. ghostofgilchrist says: Dec 3, 2010 1:00 PM

    You sure it was Eric Moore, and not Michael Moore?

  11. elroyjetsson says: Dec 3, 2010 1:20 PM

    Next PFT Headline… Jets sign Pierre Woods

  12. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 3, 2010 1:34 PM

    Brian Baker says:
    Dec 3, 2010 11:36 AM
    False – the Pats are the first team to PAY a transfer fee for a UFL player. The Giants SIGNED Michael Clayton from the UFL, but due to the transfer fee rules, he was not subject to a fee.
    ——————————-
    Right, so it is a true statement. D’oh!

  13. pastabelly says: Dec 3, 2010 1:49 PM

    Wonder if the UFL lowered its fee knowing exactly how much the Patriots would agree to pay for this stiff.

  14. southbeachtalent says: Dec 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    elroyjetsson says:
    Dec 3, 2010 1:20 PM
    Next PFT Headline… Jets sign Pierre

    Later on Tuesday, the Jets release Pierre!

  15. Brian Baker says: Dec 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    PFTiswhatitis:

    My statement was accurate. The title, which is incorrect, reads:

    “Pats become first team to sign UFL player to active roster in 2010.”

    Michael Clayton was a UFL player. He was signed to the Giants active roster.

    The article further reads:

    “On Friday, the first UFL player was signed to an NFL active roster since the transfer fee was enforced.”

    This is also incorrect. While the transfer fee was enforced in the UFL (aka established as a rule), it did not apply to Michael Clayton, who had a loophole in the rule, as he did not play the mandated number of UFL games to be subject to the fee (4, I believe).

    The correct statement would be that the Pats are the first team to sign a player who is subject to a transfer fee under UFL rules.

  16. hotep999 says: Dec 3, 2010 2:38 PM

    lol @ elroyjetsson!

  17. dienavinjohnson says: Dec 3, 2010 3:03 PM

    I wonder if transfer fees will count against a team’s salary cap-once there is a new CBA which includes a salary cap. The UFL is taking a very short term position on this thing.

  18. thehouseofho says: Dec 3, 2010 3:52 PM

    #
    Brian Baker says: Dec 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    PFTiswhatitis:

    My statement was accurate. The title, which is incorrect, reads:

    “Pats become first team to sign UFL player to active roster in 2010.”

    Michael Clayton was a UFL player. He was signed to the Giants active roster.

    The article further reads:

    “On Friday, the first UFL player was signed to an NFL active roster since the transfer fee was enforced.”

    This is also incorrect. While the transfer fee was enforced in the UFL (aka established as a rule), it did not apply to Michael Clayton, who had a loophole in the rule, as he did not play the mandated number of UFL games to be subject to the fee (4, I believe).

    The correct statement would be that the Pats are the first team to sign a player who is subject to a transfer fee under UFL rules.
    ———-
    “Pats first to pay transfer fee for UFL player” would have been the correct headline to post.

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