Spring League for free agents may go to COTA

So-called Camp Last Chance show­cases tal­ent seek­ing a way into NFL.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Kevin Lyttle klyt­tle@states­man.com Spring

Imag­ine this: Vince Young squar­ing off against Johnny Manziel in a foot­ball game be­tween NFL hope­fuls on a beau­ti­ful spring Satur­day night in Austin.

Far-fetched? Per­haps, but not as crazy a thought as one might think if Brian Woods has his way. Woods, the founder and CEO of the Spring League, wants to bring his unique op­er­a­tion to Austin next April. To Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas, specif­i­cally.

The Spring League pro­vides a three-week job in­ter­view for free agents — some call it Camp Last Chance — that is part NBA Summer League, part NFL mini-com­bine. Play­ers are di­vided into four teams, all based in one lo­ca­tion. They won’t just prac­tice, they will com­pete in reg­u­lar games, three each for ev­ery team. Tick­ets for the con­tests will be sold, Woods said, priced at mi­nor-league lev­els.

“Austin is our front-run­ner,”


Nearly 20 Spring League play­ers were in­vited to NFL mini­camps in 2017, in­clud­ing former Texas QB David Ash.

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