5 Free Agents Most Likely to Play in the UFL in 2011
As the lockout rages on, many talented—yet fringe—NFL talents wait in the wings and mull over playing in the UFL right away or waiting for the NFL.
While certain players like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady aren't going to the UFL, for other guys, the line is not as clear.
Here are five free agents who could end up in the UFL.
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No one is totally sure just how much of an NFL player Brian Westbrook still really is.
Certainly, the running back is a great pass-catcher out of the backfield, and could do invaluable work on third downs, but teams still need to see the complete package out of Westbrook.
In the UFL, this former NFL star could show teams that he still has fight left in him, and Westbrook can also showcase his ability to run the ball between the tackles.
If the former Eagle has a chance to give teams a reason to give him a deal over a Darren Sproles-type of player, the UFL is it.
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With a tarnished image and an alarmingly low lack of interest in his services, Tanard Jackson needs to re-prove himself to many an NFL team.
The former Buccaneer safety has to show NFL teams that he is committed to football on and off the field.
If he posts a strong showing and keeps his mouth shut in the UFL, a team or two could become intrigued with the young athlete.
The alternate league may be his one shot at returning to the game he loves on the grandest stage.
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When a player explodes in performance for a certain amount of time, then regresses back to normalcy, it is common for many a scout to be skeptical of the player.
In Snelling's instance, a few good games he compiled last year won't earn him anything on the free agent market, and in an opportunity-fostering environment, he could show NFL teams what he's made of.
Instead of sitting behind Michael Turner, Snelling could go out and start, showing teams that he is capable enough to be a cheap workhorse in the backfield.
Snelling could parlay a UFL appearance into more NFL playing time.
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The story is well-known how Jay Cutler left the game with an injury, Todd Collins came in and was ineffective, and Caleb Hanie then entered.
Hanie almost led the Bears to an unheralded comeback against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game—for one game, this signal caller had ice water running through his veins.
This quarterback needs a chance to show that his performance was no fluke; he needs the UFL.
With teams considering players like Marc Bulger and Matt Hasselbeck to be a starting quarterback, Hanie could easily charm a few teams.
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After a disappointing 2010, Matt Light's ability to be an NFL starter has been called into question.
The Patriots drafted Nate Solder, and if Light is ineffective out of the gate, New England could let Solder play early on.
Light needs to show that 2010 wasn't his best effort, and that he is a better blocker than he showed himself to be last year.
The Patriot lineman needs a chance to give his team, and himself, a reason to believe in him. The UFL represents that chance.