by Brad Biggs
April 15, 02011
The NFL’s lockout has prevented players set to be free agents from getting their chance to sign a new contract.
The college players who go undrafted at the end of the month will also be on the outside looking in at the action. While teams typically sign about a dozen undrafted free agents after the draft every year, that will not be permitted in the lockout.
And that will create an opening for the United Football League in the estimation of one former veteran NFL coach. Jerry Glanville, who was recently hired as the general manager and coach of the Hartford Colonials, sees the opportunity. He told Vic Carucci of NFL.com that 11 percent of the starters in the NFL last season were undrafted, meaning the UFL might be able to pick through some talented players.
“What (NFL players) want (in the labor dispute), we're not in that league (financially),” Glanville said. “But we are in the league (for) the young player that just needs to be seen and needs his pass protection strengthened or his coverage strengthened. If we can get that 11 percent this year because there is a (work stoppage in the NFL) ... that will change the UFL. And those are the guys that make the NFL, that bottom 11 percent that ends up starting."
The former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers has a point. The UFL was rumored to struggle getting through its last season paying the bills. Hopefully, that won’t be the case moving forward and with no NFL to compete with, chances are the league could get some more notoriety.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune