Patriots Sign UFL's Eric Moore
The UFL reduced its $150,000 transfer fee to $25,000 Thursday after a handful of NFL teams were trying out UFL players but were not willing to cough up the $150,000.
The new policy stipulates that the fee may be paid either by the NFL club or by the player.
At this point, it is not clear whether Moore is the one to have paid the fee or the Patriots themselves.
If it is the Patriots indeed paid the $25K, they would be the first NFL team among 16 who have tried out UFL players to have made the payment. Equally, Moore would be the first player to make the payment personally.
During the UFL regular season, Moore had two sacks, 12 total tackles, two passes defended, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a half-tackle for loss. In the UFL Championship Game, Moore posted 1.5 total tackles and a tackle for loss.
Prior to his time in the UFL, Moore had spent four seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08), playing in 29 games. Originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Giants in 2005, his career NFL totals include 31 tackles and two sacks.
The Patriots released outside linebacker Pierre Woods Friday in order to make room for Moore, according to Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston.com.