Transactions in the UFL seemed to be a bit of changing of the guard on Monday with several spring league veterans getting released in lieu of some newer faces. The Battlehawks were no exception as the team announced via the UFL Public Relations page that the team has waived spring league main-stay Channing Stribling in favor of one of their Rookie Signings Nico Bolden.

Stribling has been in the pro football circuit since 2017 as an Undrafted Free Agent from the University of Michigan. Stribling has spent time with Five NFL teams, along with the Birmingham Stallions, Memphis Express, Philadelphia Stars, Seattle Dragons, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and recently the St. Louis Battlehawks in his career. Stribling rose to prominence in 2022 earning All-USFL honors with his electrifying Seven Interceptions.

The Battlehawks opted to bring back Nico Bolden who was with the team in training camp. Bolden signed his LOI with St. Louis in October and was amongst the final 8 players released during roster cut downs to 50. Bolden has yet to make his debut in professional football and could make it with St. Louis this year.

With several more retirements and releases it appears there is a slight changing of the guard with players from the earlier iterations of spring football getting released, and less proven players earning their opportunities. St. Louis is no exception, with the Battlehawks opting to sign a more versatile Defensive Back in Bolden, with Ben DeLuca on IR, ultimately showing Channing Stribling the door.

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Patrick Rifino

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