USFL fans, it’s your resident football correspondent here, bringing you the latest scoop on your favorite USFL stars as they transition back to the big league. Yes, you read that right. Several players are proving that the USFL is a veritable talent incubator, as the NFL opens its doors to these determined players once more.
The Detroit Lions are reportedly adding former 2022 Birmingham Stallions cornerback, Tae Hayes, to their defensive roster. This nugget comes from the sharp-eyed Dave Birkett of Detroit Free Press. The undrafted prospect out of Appalachian State made waves in the USFL, impressing fans with a pick-six off Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe last preseason. Hayes, despite his 5-foot-9 frame, exhibits versatility with experience as an outside corner and nickel. With cornerback Jarren Williams recently injured, Hayes’ addition could fill a vital gap in the Lions’ secondary.
Not too far away, the Miami Dolphins are reportedly bolstering their roster with Mark Gilbert, formerly of the Pittsburgh Maulers. His stellar performance in the USFL, which saw him lead the league with four interceptions, earned him this shot. Gilbert’s addition provides depth to the Dolphins’ cornerback position, particularly crucial given Jaelen Ramsey’s recent injury. Fans may remember his impressive track record with the Detroit Lions, where he forced a fumble and defended a pass.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers are set to reunite with USFL center Cole Schneider, a crucial component of the Birmingham Stallions’ championship-winning team. Schneider, initially claimed by the Packers in 2022, then undrafted, brings essential depth to the Packers’ offensive line. This move follows the team’s recent claim of James Empey from the Tennessee Titans, highlighting a clear need for depth at center.
While Hayes, Gilbert, and Schneider make headlines, it’s not just these three who are heading back to the NFL. Lorenzo Burns of the Birmingham Stallions has reportedly been signed by the Cleveland Browns, adding depth to their cornerback ranks. La’Michael Pettway, previously with the Michigan Panthers and Birmingham Stallions, has joined the Indianapolis Colts. Khalil Davis, another Stallion, has signed with the Houston Texans, while LaBryan Ray of the Philadelphia Stars is joining the Carolina Panthers.
These signings underscore the potential of the USFL as a proving ground for NFL-ready talent. As more players transition from the USFL to the NFL, we are reminded of the depth and breadth of talent in American football. Stay tuned for more thrilling updates from the gridiron, as the USFL continues to make its mark in the world of professional football.