Houston Gamblers Re-Sign WR/CB Isaiah Zuber For 2024 | Birmingham Stallions

Birmingham Stallions Claim WR Isaiah Zuber, Chris Orr Retires

Some big news came out of the Birmingham Stallions camp yesterday. WR/CB Isaiah Zuber has been claimed by the team off of waivers, as the Stallions released DE Carlo Kemp. In addition, LB Chris Orr has been placed on the UFL retired list.

Isaiah Zuber – CB or WR?

This is an intriguing pickup for Birmingham, given the fact that Zuber has been listed as both a WR and a DB throughout the last year.

To backtrack, Isaiah Zuber has been a wide out with the Houston Gamblers the last two USFL seasons. He racked up 322 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2022, which earned him an NFL stint with the Las Vegas Raiders.

During that time in the NFL, Zuber did play some snaps at corner. He’s had experience playing there before, and when he returned to the Gamblers midway through the 2023 season, Isaiah ended up being placed in the secondary on occasion.

Primarily, though, Isaiah has been a wide receiver in the USFL, and also has been utilized on kickoff returns. We believe he was lining up as a WR throughout most of training camp – even though he signed back to Houston listed as a CB.

Chris Orr Retires

Now this is a tough blow for Birmingham. Chris Orr has been a staple in the spring football scene the last two years, playing with the New Jersey Generals.

Across that span, he’s been tremendous. In 2022, Chris totaled 65 tackles and an interception for a Generals team that featured a 9-1 record. While they went 3-7 in 2023, Orr was sensational, posting 82 tackles and 2.5 sacks which earned him All-USFL honors that year.

Chris was picked in the first round of the USFL Dispersal Draft by the Birmingham Stallions, and clearly was a top prospect for the team defensively. While they still feature the likes of Kyahva Tezino, Scooby Wright, DeMarquis Gates, and others, look for the Stallions to make another addition at linebacker to replace the loss of Chris.

While this decision certainly is shocking, it has come to our attention that Orr has taken up a coaching position at Baylor (assistant LB’s). We congratulate Orr on this accomplishment and wish him nothing but the best moving into this next chapter of his life.

Final Thoughts

A rather strange move for Birmingham is the release of Carlo Kemp. Kemp came into UFL training camp as one of the top prospects at EDGE in the entire league. He was excellent with the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers in 2022, and spent time with the Los Angeles Chargers over the past year or so. Kemp was claimed by the Roughnecks off of waivers.

General Manager Zach Potter is always cooking up something, so it’ll be interesting to watch what moves the team makes next. Odds are they have someone coming in to help fill the holes left by Orr and Kemp. At the same time, the team did trade for Chauncey Rivers, so he could be Kemp’s replacement.

What are your thoughts on Isaiah Zuber joining the Birmingham Stallions? Who will the team pursue in free agency next? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

  1. Zubar pick up will be positive. Good for Orr – spring FB is a great way to extend career post college and gets some cred/Ed for coaching

  2. The Stallions made a nice move here. Their WR room is full of potential. If Marlon Williams comes to where he was in 2022, he has a good chance of competing with the 2024, ditto Victor Bolden. I see no sure shots in the rest of the group either. Signing Zuber shows they are not sure out of 9 receiver’s exactly what they have, especially when you consider that at QB, they don’t know exactly what they have. Zuber is not just a player, but can make the big play. To get more of a sure thing, I might want to give Trent Taylor a call. If not the Stallions, then the Brahmas. Yes looking at players who could add to the league, but also might add something to their career they don’t haven’t had for a while, being a go to guy. Bradlee Anae who has basically sat for two years being another Jets signing that has done just that. If healthy and if the Panthers want to duplicate what they had last year, sign him. Derrick Gore has proven to be a good back, now he needs to do it in a larger sample size. He could unfairly dominate this league, but I think it would be great to write his own story instead of the legacy of his father. It doesn’t mean he couldn’t sign with the NFL after the season. Logan Woodside still in his prime should maybe take the opportunity while he has one, but where? San Antonio already has 3. Don’t forget DE Kyle Phillips if still healthy.

    Lastly Chris Orr was amazing as a Generals linebacker. The time to go from read to react was faster than a car changes gears. I really wanted the Generals in New Jersey. The D-side of the ball. Ted Cotrell, Toby Johnson, Hercules Mata’afa, DJ Daniel, Shalom Luani, Paris Ford, Olive Sagapulo, Tysen Render, DeJuan Hines, Trae Elston, Bryson Young, Kolin Hill and don’t forget Ethan Westbrooks and all the depth pieces and the defensive line signing and draft picks we never got to see. Forgot that most of them are not in the league as a crew they would be excellent as they all knew their roles and knew they belonged. I know Cottrell would have reminded them who they are even without the 1st rd picks in their lineups. And don’t forget Chris Orr who as long as he was on the field we would be in the game. He would be the tackles leader, the leader by example.
    My favorite two football players are Curtis Martin & Sam Mills. Orr played eerily similar to Mills, though I might say somehow Mills hit just a bit harder. As he would say keep pounding. That doesn’t mean you should not retire, but in your new job bring it every day. Keep pounding. You will be a great Obi Wan!

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