NFL teams have been watching XFL

Fans may not have tuned in to watch the XFL. But NFL teams were paying close attention.

Updated: October 10, 2002, 9:36 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Corey Nelson caught merely nine passes for the Las Vegas Outlaws during the XFL season, but agent Derrick Fox claims he recently had six NFL teams battling for the wide receiver's services.

Why would the NFL scramble for a part-time player from a team that failed to make the playoffs in a league it officially refused to acknowledge? Size and speed. Specifically, Nelson, who is 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in a world-class 4.28 seconds. Ultimately, the Seattle ...

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NFL teams were paying close attention to the XFL.