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Other football leagues an option for NFL players?

Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:13 pm
Posted by Mike Freeman

If there is a prolonged work stoppage in the NFL several agents said their NFL clients have expressed a desire to practice with either United Football League, Canadian Football League or Arena League teams. Some players, incredibly, are even thinking about playing in games in these leagues should a lengthy lockout or stoppage happen.

Such a move would seem to be incredibly stupid for a young NFL player. The risk of injury in these leagues would be high for comparatively little money.

But the concern some players apparently have is they'd get so far out of football shape that continuing the contact portion of the sport is worth the risk because they'd have an advantage over other NFL players once practices and games started.

Now, let's be clear. We're not going to see Tom Brady playing for the Toronto Argonauts.

But it's very possible some lower tier NFL players go this route.

This is how it would work.

The union decertifies. Owners then say: we're not in business. The battle moves to the courts for months. Basically, under that scenario, players are free agents. They can play wherever they want.

So several low-level players would then go to the CFL, UFL or AFL for playing experience as the lockout droned on. Then once the season starts they'd be more ready than those who weren't playing.

"As long as the player is not under contract with another league, he is allowed to practice with an AFL team," Evan Vladem, spokesman for the AFL, told "To practice, the player must be under AFL contract or sign a one-day waiver with the league. With that being said, a free agent could play on an (AFL) team; however, we are very confident that the NFL will play this season. We work well in conjunction with the NFL abd they have supported us and our players greatly."

This entry was cross-posted from Mike Freeman's FreeStyle Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

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Other football leagues an option for NFL players?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:49 pm

Other football leagues an option for NFL players?

The CFL would not tolerate the NFL Divas!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 5:27 pm

Other football leagues an option for NFL players?

I can not really see this happening as this would put the players that play for these teams in a very vulnerable position. If I was an agent I would attempt to talk any client I had from going this route.

First of all the amount of money earned is not gonna be that great. Then if you are injured, even a minor one would make your stock go down in the eyes of the NFL.

I understand that there are many football players that would not voluntarily workout, but a person serious about his, job and potential earning capacity would find a way to stay in some type of physical condition that would not make him look like the Pillsbury dough boy.

Also in the other leagues especially the CFL would require a contract and that contract would not take into any if the NFL strike would end that the players would be able to be released from their contract.

I don’t think you may practice with any team unless you are under some type of contract to that team, so that would be out.


Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 5:01 pm

Other football leagues an option for NFL players?

Maybe the Browns can win a championship!

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:40 pm

Other football leagues an option for NFL players?

Hey, Mike, isn't "incredibly stupid" the same as "stupid"? Familiar with the rule of absolute modifiers, chief? Or, are you just an "incredibly stupid" jock posing as a writer?

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