RWU HQ – After whispers of former National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne nearing a contract with the NFL’s Detroit Lions circulating from media outlets anywhere from Detroit to England and almost everywhere in between last week, it seems that talks have cooled between the two sides momentarily.
According to the International Business Times Hayne was forced to fly home to Australia because of problems with his visa.
The IBT stated in their report that the former rugby star cannot stay in an NFL facility for longer than 24 hours without signing a contract. Which doesn’t seem all that hard considering players that are brought in to be worked out are only in a team’s facility for a few hours at a time.
This latest setback surely wipes out any possibility of Hayne signing with a team with the intent to play in a game this season or at the very least make said team’s 53-man active roster.
The former Parramatta Eel’s best bet is to stay at home for a while and recharge because the past few months have had to been hard on Payne. Chances are good most teams around the league will not be looking to give the former rugger a shot until playoffs are over, especially considering some of the front-runners to sign Hayne are teams in the playoffs.
It is important to keep this in mind that this by no means, means that Hayne has lost his shot at playing in the NFL. He certainly has the talent to get a fair shot – it’s just been postponed.