Jun 12th 05:15, by Tim Hanswillemenke

Mailbag Monday – Possible NFL partnership, extra E-Imports and more

You ask the questions, I provide the answers!

Jun 12th 05:15, by Tim Hanswillemenke

Mailbag Monday – Possible NFL partnership, extra E-Imports and more

You ask the questions, I provide the answers!

Week 2 of the 2023 season is behind us! It is finally time to figure out what teams will prevail and reach the championship game in Duisburg on September 24th! Will it be one of the new teams joining the league? Will the Vikings repeat their illustrious success of last season? Who are the best players coming into the season?

Those are questions that you may ask yourself and I am here to give you the best possible answer! If you have a question and want it to be answered in a future article, please look out on the league’s social channels every weekend. Just leave your question on Instagram or Twitter for me to answer in this article on Mondays!

Dahendrik36 (on Instagram): Where is one of the most underrated WRs of the league: Harlan Kwofie?

Rhein Fire wide receiver Harlan Kwofie is indeed one of the most underrated wideouts in the European League of Football. He is currently sidelined with an injury and considered week-to-week.

Rhein Fire had an incredible 2-0 start. But in Week 5, they will get 2022 rushing leader Glen Toonga back together with Kwofie when he is healthy enough to return.

Timopi99  (on Instagram): What do you think of extra E-Import spots for the worst two teams of the previous season?

 I know that it seems intriguing to have some kind of mechanism that pushes the weaker teams in the European League of Football just like the NFL does with their draft system. But I would be against extra E-Import spots and here is why

First of all, the league is at a stage where new franchises join each year. Does that mean the new franchises also get extra E-Imports? If so, there would be the two worst teams of last season plus a number of new franchises with extra E-Import spots. So, there is a lot to consider when implying a mechanism that makes the league even more competitive.

Another reason to not have extra E-Import spots for the weakest teams is the salary cap. Each franchise in the European League of Football has the same salary cap for all players. But if a franchise has eight instead of six E-Import players, they also have a disadvantage since they now have to pay eight E-Import salaries instead of six. This would make them less competitive in the offseason when they look to sign new players.

I get the idea of implementing a mechanism that makes the league even more competitive, like a draft does it in the NFL. But in my opinion, there has to be another way than solving this problem with extra E-Import spots.

Bigmatthawk18  (on Instagram): Do you see the league ever having a partnership with the NFL someday?

The European League of Football is already in steady communication with the NFL. I don’t know what partnership you are asking about, but as the European League of Football grows, there should definitely be the option to partner with the NFL in terms of player development and the NFL IPP Program.

As commissioner Patrick Esume commented in his podcast “Football Bromance” weeks ago, the European League of Football is already providing scouts of the NFL IPP Program footage of all games and the contacts of head coaches to make the league more accessible and easier to scout.
 

 

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