You know all those undrafted players that typically find their ways into NFL camps and oftentimes even make NFL teams and contribute? Well right now they’re facing a fairly interesting career decision and it’s one that hurts teams like the Bucs and Packers, teams that can find gems amongst the unwanted and unselected. Right now the undrafted can wait around for the NFL to knock it off and get back to conducting league business, or they can decide to sign with the competing UFL and go play football.
Obviously there are other leagues, Arena, Canadian, etc… But the UFL is the one that stands to gain the most as it is a domestic league that competes with the NFL. This is a class of players that the UFL doesn’t usually get a crack at, NFL-level talent that would typically spend the season inactive at the bottom of a roster or on a practice squad are without work and the UFL can offer them checks and open facilities and a chance to play.
I guarantee there will be several players that the Buccaneers would like to bring to camp that will need to make a smart financial decision and sign with the UFL as opposed to wait for the NFL to end its labor war. There is a substantial fee to buy out UFL contracts, the Bucs aren’t going to be looking to spend 100k on an undrafted rookie just to try him out during camp, they’re just going to miss out on players. Hungry, talented players that could have contributed. A player like a Mike Herzlich who has health questions but a very high ceiling probably won’t wait for the NFL to resolve its labor issues, I’d imagine he just wants to play football. Noel Devine, another talented young guy who could probably come in and add some much-needed speed to the Buccaneer offense will probably look for work in the UFL. Tampa does a great job finding these guys, and this year their ability to do that is effectively shot.