United Football League Player Contract Update
Update (7:18 a.m. 4/14/2011): Very late last night, the UFL scrapped the reserve list idea. However, teams had spent the last 2 days putting together such lists under the assumption that they would become effective today. In any case, it will not become a reality…at least for the meantime.
Update (5:17 p.m. 4/14/2011): The UFL has once again switched course. The league has once again decided to go forward with a reserve list. Teams have until tomorrow morning to turn in their respective lists.
Yesterday I was informed that the United Football League (UFL) abruptly decided to give each of its five member teams ten “reserve” spots. Each of those teams will have until the end of the day tomorrow to pick ten players that they will have the exclusive right to sign. If any individual player is selected to a reserve spot by more than one team, the player and his agent get to break the tie and pick the team to which the player will be reserved.
The only players eligible for the reserve lists are free agents. College players do not apply.
The 2011 UFL Draft is scheduled to occur in early May, following the 2011 NFL Draft.
Word has floated that the standard UFL player salary will be $5,000 per game in 2011. This is a far cry from the $50,000 players earned for playing eight weeks of football in 2010. However, quarterbacks will get $5,000 per game, plus an additional $12,500 if they start the game. Of course, there is an exception, and his name is Daunte Culpepper. Last year, Culpepper signed what is believed to be the only two-year UFL deal, and will be earning quite a bit more than his UFL brethren.