UFL adheres to its transfer fee

Now that the UFL season has ended, NFL teams continue to be interested in UFL players.  But since UFL players can’t be signed to active NFL rosters without payment of a $150,000 transfer fee, no UFL players have been signed to active NFL rosters, yet.

Talk persists that no NFL team wants to be the first one to make the payment, and that once one does others will follow suit.  At some point, the league could face an antitrust lawsuit from the UFL, if no team is willing to pony up the money as the result of an apparent agreement among 32 separate businesses not to pay the UFL for its players.

Last week, the Vikings worked out running back Lorenzo Booker.  But the UFL wouldn’t waive the fee, and the Vikings wouldn’t pay it.  We’re told that quarterback Josh McCown either has worked out or will work out for the Lions, and that he remains subject to the transfer fee.

Likewise, Aaron Wilson reports that Nick Novak worked out for the Bengals, but that the Bengals wouldn’t pay the fee.  (Hell, we’re surprised they paid for the plane ticket.)

Linebacker Gerard Lawson lamented his situation on Twitter earlier today:  “If it wasn for this dumb ass 150k release fee from the UFL I would b a JET right now.”  (At least he isn’t blaming God.)

On Friday, UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue suggested during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show (the guest host that day really sucked) that the $150,000 fee is negotiable.  Still, it appears that not a penny has been offered to purchase the ability to sign a UFL player.

Meanwhile, several UFL players have been signed to practice squads, from which they can be promoted to active rosters without payment of the transfer fee.  The only problem?  Eligibility for a practice squad is limited to players will little or no NFL experience.  Already, the Cowboys has taken advantage of the loophole, signing safety Andrew Sendejo last week and then calling him up to the active roster.

23 responses to “UFL adheres to its transfer fee

  1. This is just a stupid idea from the UFL.

    The only reason you’re even TALKED about is because of the potential for some Kurt Warner reincarnation to the peak of NFL greatness. And you’ve done the one thing that would prevent that.

    Sorry, but there are players that weren’t drafted, and can get signed for around that $150,000 or a little more without having to go through the loopholes the UFL is trying to use for a money grab.

    The USFL, the XFL…

    UFL. You’ve got next…

  2. joerevs300:
    great point. if the nfl goes to an 18 game season then maybe.
    Jeff Garcia could find 150k in the cushions of his couch, but source tell me he’s not what he was.

  3. Anti-trust nothing… why pay $150k when there are other nearly as good players out there they can sign without forking over the money? The UFL is stupid and are playing themselves out of ever signing NFL vets again.

  4. the UFL is doing this to stay alive, they have semi-access for to the games via versus so it seems right that they make a bit of money for showcasing the players on tv, and teams noticing via this (or scouts being there) and why shouldnt they? where else would they be playing for cash? The CFL?

  5. poop123421 says:
    Nov 30, 2010 9:31 PM
    the UFL is doing this to stay alive,

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    They’re doing this to stay alive?

    How does insisting on a fee that no one will pay and will drive the few good players they have now accomplish that?

    This fee is shortsighted and stupid, and if they think getting into a stare down with the NFL is a sound business practice, they are toast.

  6. The UFL team GMs told players to disregard the transfer fee clause. Then the “owners” and managing officers decided to change that and to announce the shift just before the championship game.

    Many (if not most or all) UFL players feel betrayed by this. Sure, now they are modifying their policy and stating that it is negotiable.

    But even a signing bonus for a late round draft isn’t much, and, it has a full season to amortize, versus the few games now remaining.

    With breeching integrity with it’s own players, the UFL Head-shed undermines it’s local team gm’s as well. They did the recruiting AND will have to in 2011. Treating their word as if it had no value, will see the league suffer in the bigger context of things.

    They would do well to act right now, as they originally let-on they would and players were led to believe. The UFL should then carefully re-think their position going forward. Shooting from the hip now is wounding aspiring players and mis-firing into their own feet and may do more than wound.

  7. How stupid can they be? The only reason most of their players are playing is for the chance to get to the NFL. By blocking that ability, what players will want to play for them except those with no chance of getting to the NFL(read:low level talent)?

    Dumb, stupid, stupid, dumb

  8. These guys gave jobs to players that would have been sitting around on their asses for all these months getting fat and wishing that they could get a chance to play anywhere and you boobs are moaning about how they should just kiss the NFL’s asses and let the players go. No one put a gun to these players’ heads and made them sign the contract. Seems like many of them thought little of their chances of making the NFL or else they would have stayed free agents and (guffaw) worked out on their own.

    If these players don’t sign with the UFL next year then that’s their loss because they’re not going to head to Canada because there aren’t that many open spots for some of these wannabes and they’re just going to have to sit around and hope that they can get in playing shape quickly to get “the call” from the NFL. I think that after a season of sitting around not doing anything and getting paid will cause the smart ones to show up for UFL camp, in hopes that either the league relents or the NFL starts paying the fee.

  9. the ufl won’t last 5 more years! What’s thae point in paying attention to a scrub league with only 4 or 5 teams most of america doesn’t even kno lmao , AND FOOTBALL IS AMERICAS BEST AND FAVORITE SPORT!! Lmao lmao baseball lmao mlb sucks I can’t wait til that pos boring childs game gets it throat slit and bleeds to death from the NFL AMERICAS REAL PASTTIME AND DESERVINGLY SO!!! mlb baseball IS FOR WUSSIES!! NFL FOOTBALL IS FOR REAL AMERICANS AND IS A REAL SPORT!!!

  10. warriorking1112 says:
    Nov 30, 2010 10:43 PM
    the ufl won’t last 5 more years! What’s thae point in paying attention to a scrub league with only 4 or 5 teams most of america doesn’t even kno lmao , AND FOOTBALL IS AMERICAS BEST AND FAVORITE SPORT!! Lmao lmao baseball lmao mlb sucks I can’t wait til that pos boring childs game gets it throat slit and bleeds to death from the NFL AMERICAS REAL PASTTIME AND DESERVINGLY SO!!! mlb baseball IS FOR WUSSIES!! NFL FOOTBALL IS FOR REAL AMERICANS AND IS A REAL SPORT!!!
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    Substitue Xanax and red wine for crystal meth and red bull and maybe you can begin stringing together actual english sentences.

  11. I don’t get why a player wouldn’t just try to negotiate and make their own payment. It’s negotiable and it would be better to play for an NFL team and give some dough back rather than not play at all.

  12. wow you must either be a old man who’s junk stopped working and can’t satisfy his wife anymore(see brett favre) or never took 4mg zanex(2 bars) and drank 3 glasses of wine(also see brett favre cause he’s cool enough to have tried it) cause that sounds pretty half retarded but I’m gonna go with can’t satisfy the old lady cause you sound like you hate yourself cause your old lady cums when she thinks of a man like me! Lmao lmao rotfflmfao!!!

  13. oh yea lmao lmao the only kind of police people enough are the dead ones lmao so very true! Not a single decent one until they get popped in the face 2 rounds lmao lmao

  14. yes folks that is what a major leagur baseball fan looks and sounds like all tranny pre-op lmao lmao

  15. to echo wizahdry’s sentiment, whats to stop the player from ponying up the $150k? if the player thinks he has a chance to stick beyond the balance of this year, wouldnt the fee be more than offset by compensation rec’d from the nfl team?

    everyone makes it out like the ufl trying to raise funds for itself going forward is such a bad thing…if i understand correctly, the players signed contracts and rec’d salaries from their ufl teams fully aware of the existence of the “transfer fee.” you cant have your cake and eat it, too–thered likely be little interest in any of these guys absent what they did on the field in the ufl.

  16. If the NFL wasn’t too cheap to make their own farm system (baseball, hockey) instead of relying on colleges and the UFL for players, they wouldn’t be in this mess, would they?

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