Published: July 1st, 2009 | Tags: United Football League
I honestly didn’t think this would turn into a two-day story when I posted some details Tuesday about what the UFL was offering potential players, but since my man Mike Florio over at Profootballtalk has gotten a hold of it, and since my original post — which applies to about 90 percent of the league — was deemed not to portray the entire array of UFL salaries, well, here’s the full monty:
As I reported from multiple agents, the league is offering one-year, $35,000 deals with the chance to make $15,000 more in playing-time incentives pretty much “across the board,” to use the language that was presented to several agents from UFL league reps, team reps and the commissioner of the UFL as well, Michael Huyghue. Punters, kickers and long snappers are being offered $25,000 for the six-game schedules. Again, as I wrote Tuesday, this is what is being offered now, and it could be subject to change at some point, but this info is coming from people who have UFL contracts before them.
Rachel Gary, a spokesperson for the league, confirmed these base salary numbers are correct. I also wrote on Tuesday that starting quarterbacks could earn above this scale. According to two agents who have had contact with the UFL, the number being tossed around to agents for maximum starting QB compensation was $100,000. Gary was nice enough to check that out and said the base salary for QBs will be $10,000 per week, which is $60,000 for the season (thanks, Rachel). Gary also pointed out that the league will be paying for housing for the players.
Several agents told me that there were very limited health and medical benefits being made available under the current UFL contracts being offered. Gary declined to discuss the upstart league’s benefits package.
So there you have it. The complete picture. Probably more than you ever wanted to know — and more than I planned on writing — but I guess at this point I might as well empty my entire notebook and put it all out there. OK, back to our regularly scheduled NFL programming.
— Jason La Canfora