Derrick Locke on UFL Draft: ‘I’m not Going to that S***’

Former Kentucky running back Derrick Locke wasn’t selected during the NFL draft. The good news is at least someone thinks highly of him. Locke was picked up in the UFL draft that took place on twitter Monday. A friend informed him he was picked up, and let’s just say he was hardly flattered. Here’s a screenshot of how the conversation went courtesy of SB Nation Atlanta:

Locke missed four games last season at Kentucky because of a shoulder injury and many teams removed him from their boards because X-rays revealed he has a back injury. Despite that, he vows he will play on Sundays and that’s likley why he had so much disdain for the notion of playing in the UFL. If he doesn’t find interest from NFL teams, my guess is he’ll change his tone.

The UFL “Where ‘I’m not going to that s***’ happens”

Adrian Awasom Finds a Loophole in the UFL’s New Transfer Fee Policy

Adrian Awasom hopes to play in the NFL again in the near future. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive lineman was signed by the New York Giants in 2005 as an undrafted free agent and played in only 17 NFL games.  According to National Football Post, Awasom is drawing interest from a few NFL teams after recording 20 tackles and three sacks during a championship season with the Las Vegas Locomotives.  But who wants to pay $150,000 just to leave the UFL for the NFL?

Awasom certainly doesn’t, which is why he and his agent have found a brilliant loophole in the UFL’s new policy.  Rather than pay the $150,000 transfer fee to go directly from the UFL to the NFL, Awasom has signed with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League.  From there, he can void his contract and seek NFL employment without having to pay a fee.

Genius.  It remains to be seen whether or not more players will take this route and the AFL will get sick of being used, but for now it seems like a great way to tell the UFL to take their $150,000 fee and stuff it.  Bravo, Awason, and best of luck on phase two of your NFL career.

Daunte Culpepper Signing with the Lions … Not Those Lions

Daunte Culpepper was a one-time star in the NFL but a major knee injury disrupted his career. After getting his knee shredded, Culpepper was never the same and he bounced around from Oakland to Detroit where he played the last two seasons. Over the last five years, Culpepper has struggled throwing just 20 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. Apparently Daunte’s decided he’s done chasing backup jobs in the NFL and he wants to take his chances in another league. Adam Schefter says Culpepper is on the verge of signing with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL, a team coached by Denny Green.

The Mountain Lions are one of two UFL teams that moved after the 2009 inaugural season. They were the California Redwoods prior to their move while the New York Sentinels moved to Hartford to become the Colonials. Additionally, the UFL expanded to a fifth team, adding in the Omaha Nighthawks for the upcoming season. Although attendance was lower than expected last year, the league anticipated losing money its first few years in operation so it’s tough to tell if they’ll make it. Still, with guys like Culpepper moving over, the UFL is gaining more relevancy because of the NFL names on their rosters. I don’t think much of Culpepper but if Brooks Bollinger is a stud in the league then there’s definitely hope for Daunte.

Sources: Culpepper, Sacramento close [Adam Schefter/ESPN]

Should the New UFL Compete with the NFL or Complement it?

From what I understand (and it seems pretty obvious) the backers of the United Football League think there’s enough demand in this country for professional football that a second league could be successful. I know NFL Europe was canceled for being a bust and that the USFL didn’t make it, but maybe there’s room for the UFL. From what I understand based on brief research, the USFL posed a strong threat to the NFL but their ultimate goal was to merge the leagues in order to profit on the increase in franchise values. Their lawsuit didn’t work out and the league disbanded. So here’s my question to you: would you care for a second professional football league in this country? (and I don’t consider the Arena League competition). Should they compete using a fall schedule (and play on Thursdays and Fridays like they’re scheduled to do), go up against baseball during the summer, or play during the fall and serve as a minor league-type operation for the NFL?

I think bringing in coaches like Dennis Green, Jim Haslett, and Jim Fassel for three of the four UFL franchises (Ted Cottrell is the other), provides instantaneous credibility to the league. That’s enough to get my attention and make me think the league is for real. Imagine if they land someone like Michael Vick, too, how could we not pay attention? I don’t know if it would work, but I believe a pro football league like the UFL could work during the summertime, competing with baseball and ending before the NFL season starts. Is there enough of a market out there for another league in addition to the NFL? Should they try to compete with the NFL’s popularity or supplement them as a minor league system? Oh yeah, and if you haven’t already, please locate Versus on your cable network because that will be your home for all UFL action.