Eric Barriere has been one of the underutilized signal callers in the USFL so far. He signed with the Michigan Panthers in 2022, and ended up seeing playing time in a week nine matchup against these very Generals – throwing a touchdown to Joe Walker in the loss.
However, 2023 would tell a much different story. Eric was always QB3 in Michigan, as head coach Mike Nolan never gave him a chance to prove himself despite the offensive struggles.
With just a few weeks left in the season, Eric Barriere was released by the Panthers, which was a strange move. However, he was almost instantly picked up by the New Jersey Generals, spending the final three weeks of the season with the team.
Now, he will have an opportunity to prove himself in 2024 with New Jersey. Sources close to the situation have indicated that the organization is excited to see what he can do on the football field as a starter.
The New Jersey Generals re-signed QB Eric Barriere, making him the only QB on the roster.
New Jersey already had their eye on Eric, and were planning on signing him once the 2023 season concluded. Since Michigan released him early, it was a golden opportunity for GM Billy Devaney to scoop Eric Barriere up.
There is no denying the talent that Eric Barriere possesses. He was a standout at Eastern Washington University, winning the Walter Payton Award during the 2021 season.
Throughout his college career at Eastern Washington, Eric threw for 13,803 yards and 121 touchdowns. He took the nation by storm, and hopefully will be given a legitimate opportunity with the Generals in 2024. Time will tell.
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