The league may also compete directly with the Canadian Football League, which has its season during the summer and is one of the few off-brand professional football leagues to have any sustainability. Presumably one or both leagues would suffer because of diminished talent pools and attention.
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Fassel’s last coaching gig was as the head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, which was once thought of as a potential developmental league for the NFL before folding in 2012. He also served as the league’s president of football operations. Presumably his experience explains his giddiness about an NFL spring league, but his enthusiasm alone won’t make the product palatable.
Kids Darron Lee Jersey That’s not to say that a spring league couldn’t be successful. The NBA’s summer league has a following from diehard fans. College football fans would be interested in seeing their undrafted graduates compete to get signed by NFL teams, and Tim Tebow hucking a football will be a big draw even if it’s in a funny uniform for low stakes. The league would be a continuation of the NFL’s other measures to give players second opportunities to succeed, too, in addition to regional and veteran combines.
Miami has the cap space to eat that extra $5 million, but after an already expensive offseason that included the pricey signing of Ndamukong Suh, discount shopping for a veteran makes sense.
Finding a veteran to contribute wasn’t a must for the Dolphins. Jarvis Landry is already a promising young receiver who was productive as a rookie, and the younger acquisitions give Tannehill plenty of new targets to work with. A veteran with Pro Bowls in his past should be able to help the younger receivers, but $7.5 million of cap space is a little too much for that role when Jennings is available to do it for a third of the cost.