According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a memo was sent Dennis Curran to all 32 NFL teams on Thursday regarding the new Spring League.
The plan is for the new venture to launch in 2017 and the league will be operated by the same individual that ran the FXFL.
Pro Football Talk is now reporting that this new Spring League is not an NFL creation, despite the previous report and is instead being put together by the same person who ran the FXFL.
- PFT says that there’s no connection whatsoever to the NFL.
- In regards to a potential developmental league, Jason La Canfora reports that the NFL is still speaking with GMs, coaches, players and Competition Committee about the project.
- La Canfora says that if the NFL had a spring league, it would be for young players under contract to get more offseason work or an in-season academy of sorts.
Sirius XM NFL Radio is reporting that the NFL plans to start a spring league next year that will consist of four teams comprised of veteran free agent players.
- According to Sirius, players who are currently on NFL rosters will not be eligible to play in the new Spring League.
- The Spring League will hold practices and play six games from April 5 through April 26, 2017, per Sirius.
The NFL has been considering a number of ideas for a development league and they even agreed to bring back the veteran combine for players who signed their first contract between 2014-2016, which means there won’t be any aging veterans on hand.
However, it looks like they still had a plan to help some veterans get the attention of NFL teams to prolong their NFL careers. Whatever the league can do to get more players ready and able to contribute to NFL teams is a great move, in my opinion.
We’ll have more details posted about this new spring league as the information is available.