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Bandits Add Two, Continue To Build Among Name Change Controversy

This week the Tampa Bay Bandits were back in the Alt-Football news cycle as Tony Catalina reported that the Bandits, could be moving to Memphis where the 2nd Hub for season two. While the Bandits have not confirmed that they are leaving, they still were extremely active in free agency this week as on November 9th, they added another Safety and Defensive Tackle from Power Five schools.

Lamont Wade out of Penn State and Dillon Faamatau out of Oklahoma are the two newest members of the Bandits with most likely more to follow post-XFL draft.

Faamatau joins the Bandits after spending two years with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. The Big Defensive Tackle from Long Beach, CA spent time at Arizona State and Cerritos College, before finishing his college career at the University of Oklahoma where he played in 23 games recording 31 tackles with 2.5 for loss.

91 Dillon Faamatau during his time at the University of Oklahoma

Lamont Wade joins the Bandits after most recently spending 2022 with the Potsdam Royals of the German Football League. He after appearing in 46 games for the Nittany Lions, Wade became an UDFA in 2021 signing with the Steelers and appearing in four pre-season games recording seven tackles. Wade is the 3rd safety that the Bandits have brought in this off-season.

The Bandits are now at 65 players as we are in full swing of the USFL off-season. With the XFL draft next week, many could expect a boom of USFL signings as the dust settles from the XFL fall-out. Regardless the USFL continues to tread on the offseason despite other distractions in other leagues.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging out with his dogs in his off time.

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