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NFL signings from the USFL tracker: Commanders add two CBs; Steelers, Patriots sign DL


The rebranded USFL pulled off something the AAF and XFL couldn’t: a successful spring season. It was the one-loss Birmingham Stallions who hoisted the hardware earlier this month, as they defeated the Philadelphia Stars within the USFL championship, 33-30. While the Stallions did not have the USFL MVP, the Offensive Player of the 12 months, Defensive Player of the 12 months or Coach of the 12 months, Skip Holtz put together arguably probably the most talented roster within the league.

If there’s anything we learned from the past few months, it’s that there is talent not rostered within the NFL. From defensive linemen to even kickers, the USFL showcased some impressive players who NFL teams are intrigued by. 

Below, we are going to break down each USFL-to-NFL signing that has been reported this offseason. 

LB Christian Sam (Latest Orleans Breakers)

Sam was a sixth-round pick of the Latest England Patriots out of Arizona State back in 2018, but never played in a regular-season game. He hung out on the practice squads of three other NFL franchises afterwards. Sam was actually drafted by the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits, but was released after which claimed by the Breakers. Based on the USFL’s press release, the Texas native recorded 54 tackles, eight tackles for loss and an interception in nine games played for the Breakers.

WR Isaiah Zuber (Houston Gamblers)

Zuber went undrafted in 2020 after playing college football at Kansas State and Mississippi State, but did get a likelihood with the Patriots. He played 4 games in his rookie season, catching two passes for 29 yards and rushing twice for 21 yards. Nonetheless, Zuber was waived the following preseason before bouncing around just a few practice squads. With the Gamblers this season, Zuber led all USFL players with five receiving touchdowns and led Houston with 322 receiving yards on 22 catches. 

Latest England Patriots

DL Jeremiah Pharms (Pittsburgh Maulers)

Pharms recorded 31 tackles and two sacks for the Maulers this season, per CBS News. He played his college ball at Friends University.

DL Doug Costin (Birmingham Stallions)

Costin went undrafted out of Miami University in 2020, but caught on with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 13 games played with nine starts over two seasons, he recorded 33 combined tackles and three tackles for loss. Costin spent a lot of the 2021 season on the practice squad, and really later spent per week on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad in January.   

CB Channing Stribling (Philadelphia Stars)

Undrafted out of Michigan, the 27-year-old Stribling has hung out with the practice squads of a handful of NFL teams. While he played in only seven USFL games because of injuries, he led the league in interceptions with seven. 

CB DeJuan Neal (Latest Jersey Generals)

Neal actually hung out with Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2019, but was cut. He played his college ball at Division II Shepherd University.

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