Former SEC players without an NFL contract, but not ready to give up on professional football, will have a new opportunity to stay active and get the attention of team executives. A new spring league to start up in 2017 was announced Thursday.

When veteran players are cut, their hope is that another team is actively looking for their services. If not, it can often be a difficult path for a player to go a season without being on an active roster and try to make a comeback the following offseason.


Pro Football Talk reports that the league is not run by the NFL, contradicting the SiriusXM NFL Radio Twitter account’s announcement:

The source account later acknowledged the same: