The Arlington Renegades made a couple of moves on Friday in UFL free agency. Two wide receivers – Austin Allen and Isaiah Winstead – signed to the team, bringing depth and talent to the table offensively.
In an intriguing move, for more reasons than one, the Arlington Renegades signed WR Isaiah Winstead, out of ECU. Not only is Winstead an incredibly talented wideout, he also spent time with QB Holton Ahlers at East Carolina University, which likely played a part in him signing to the team.
Winstead began his college career at Norfolk State, before moving to Toledo, playing for two years at both schools. Across that span, he compiled almost 2,000 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns.
However, Isaiah Winstead took his game to a whole new level in 2022 with the Pirates. With Ahlers at the helm, Isaiah racked up 1,085 receiving yards, alongside six scores. He averaged 12.3 YPR, and was a go-to target for Holton with 88 receptions.
A look at newest Niner Isaiah Winstead’s tape from his senior year at ECU. They may have found something here with this kid…
Winstead ended up having an NFL stint with the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL preseason, and signed to the practice squad. He was let go on December 8th, and now lands in the UFL with the Arlington Renegades.
49ers WR Isaiah Winstead with a nice adjustment on the catch and an even nicer move to pick up some YAC.
While Austin Allen was listed as a WR on the UFL’s press release, he has typically been used as a tight end. Allen played his college football at Nebraska, and was a force to be reckoned with, totaling over 800 yards and three touchdowns during his final two seasons.
Austin then signed with the New York Giants, and spent a couple of months on their practice squad in 2022. He was released on October 18th, 2022 – and was then signed to the Green Bay Packers PS in early January of 2023.
Now, Allen will look to continue his professional career in the UFL, with Arlington. The Renegades only have a couple of tight ends on the roster, with WR/TE Seth Green, and newly drafted Jared Scott. Since Sal Cannella has yet to re-sign, Austin is a name to keep an eye on in camp.
General Manager Rick Mueller has been very strategic throughout this merger process. Arlington opted to not pick up many players in either dispersal draft, leaving room for free agents to sign.
The Arlington Renegades remain as the team with the most openings. With only 62 players under contract, the franchise will have to pick up another 13 athletes by February 14th, for UFL training camp.
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