With lockout in place, one player jumps to Arena League
There has been talk that the UFL might look into getting some players from the NFL if the lockout drags through the summer and creates a disastrous situation.
One player has already jumped from the NFL to another league though. Wide receiver Troy Bergeron, who signed a reserve/futures contract with the Dallas Cowboys after he finished the 2010 season on their practice squad, has returned to the Arena League.
According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Bergeron has hooked on with the Cleveland Gladiators. Bergeron remains under the control of the Cowboys for the NFL, but he can’t be stopped from playing the indoor game because there is no collective bargaining agreement in the NFL, per the story.
The Arena season kicked off this week and now Bergeron can get some action. He’s not going to get rich, though. Arena players make between $400 and $1,000 per game. It will be interesting to see if other players in a similar situation look to play ball indoors.
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