Spring League To Debut In 2017

We’ll have a spring football league in 2017, but, despite previous reports to the contrary, this particular venture will not be run by the NFL. The same person behind the now-defunct Fall Experimental Football League will spearhead a league which consists of four teams comprised of veteran free agents. The league will conduct practices and play six games from April 5 through April 26. Players who are currently on NFL rosters will not be eligible to participate.

The FXFL kicked off in 2014 and ceased to exist in 2015. It was not a fiscal success, but the minor league football operation did showcase a few players who signed NFL deals, like quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Jake Heaps. At its launch, commissioner Brian Woods said that his goal was for the FXFL to partner with the NFL as a feeder league. That did not happen and it is not clear whether that is the aim of this new spring league.

For its part, the NFL is continuing discussions with coaches, players and the competition committee regarding a developmental league of its own, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora (Twitter link). As of last month, the NFL Players Association was reportedly “lukewarm, at best” on the idea of a spring league, but longtime defensive back Troy Vincent – now the NFL’s head of football operations – has been pushing for one. The concept has also drawn support from fellow heavy hitters like Seahawks general manager John Schneider, Colts GM Ryan Grigson and two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Coughlin, who now works for the NFL.

SiriusXM NFL Radio (Twitter links here) first passed along the news of the new league. Mike Florio of PFT first reported (via Twitter) that this league is not affiliated with the NFL.

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  1. Gimmedrugs

    Minor league NFL is here boys

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    • hill

      Very interesting

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  2. Giants51

    Clown…..

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  3. Polish Hammer

    I’d love to see a minor league take off.

    Interesting to see somebody admit they lost a fortune $$$$ in Europe, yet somehow we keep losing our games to Europeans that don’t care about our sport and wouldn’t support it on a full time basis.

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  4. pickme123

    Official: NFL is not affiliated with this, but will propose the idea at time of Pro Bowl

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