The same problems that doomed the AAF after just a few weeks appear to be creeping into the XFL: money. Specifically, one player who was drafted by XFL if now leaving due to the low salary.
On Thursday, Logan Brown Sports (LBS) announced that their client, Corey Vereen would be foregoing his XFL career.
Vereen was drafted by the Los Angeles Wildcats in the eighth round of phase three in last week's XFL Draft. Prior to that, he spent a successful year in the AAF's Memphis Express, and was in various NFL training camps before that.
The key issue highlighted by LBS was the compensation. Per the statement, the XFL is offering a base salary of $27,040 with $1,685 game active bonuses and $2,222 win bonuses.
Vereen and LBS concluded that it would be better for him to pursue a career with the Computer Science degree he received from Tennessee.
Though Vereen was informed of the salary several days before the draft, he ended up staying in the pool anyway. That begs the question if other recent XFL draftees may join him in changing their minds.
Hopefully Vince McMahon, Oliver Luck and company have learned the lessons from the ill-fated AAF and can appease their league's primary product: The players.
The XFL is slated to begin play in February.