NFL teams turn to USFL veterans for help in training camp

The Tennessean photo by George Walker via AP / Tennessee Titans safety Terrell Bonds practices at training camp Monday in Nashville. Bonds played this spring for the USFL's Pittsburgh Maulers.

NASHVILLE - Terrell Bonds has talked about being a member of the NFL's Tennessee Titans since he played at Tennessee State.

Five years after his college days in Nashville ended, the 5-foot-8, 182-pound cornerback from Miami is back in Music City - and finally on the Titans' roster as a training camp signee.

"For it to actually come true now, it's crazy and I'm thankful for it," Bonds said.

Bonds owes his latest football opportunity to the revived USFL, where he played 10 games this spring with the Pittsburgh Maulers in the league based in Birmingham, Alabama, and he has plenty of company as the NFL starts its first full week of preseason games Thursday night. Bonds was among 42 players from the USFL's inaugural season signed through Tuesday by 26 of the NFL's 32 teams.