J.P. Losman Signs With UFL

Ben HeckContributor IIIJuly 22, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14:  JP Losman #7 of The Buffalo Bills looks to pass against the New York Jets during their game on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Free agent quarterback and former first round draft pick, J.P. Losman, has decided to take his football elsewhere.

Instead of testing the NFL free agent market, Losman has signed a one-year contract to play for Las Vegas's UFL team, ESPN.com reports.  Not a bad idea, if you ask me.  I doubt Losman would've signed an NFL contract before the regular season kicked off, so why not get a little more exposure in the football league.

The UFL is a new "minor league" football league that will get underway in October.  There are four teams based in New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Las Vegas.  The league features former NFLers and big-name coaches such as Dennis Green and Jim Fassel who have struggled to keep a steady job in the NFL, as of late.

This is perfect, in my opinion, for Losman.  If he performs well in Las Vegas, he could end up getting a decent contract from an NFL team when he returns to the league in 2010.

Losman spent the '08 season mostly on the bench in Buffalo, backing up the franchise QB Trent Edwards.  He played a total of five games all season, posting a QB rating of 62.3 and throwing five interceptions.

In his five-year NFL career, Losman combined for a 75.6 rating and threw for more interceptions (34) than touchdowns (33).  Playing in the UFL for a season will help Losman in so many ways, and give him a change in scenery as well.