XFL to NFL: Tracking players to sign NFL contracts after 2020 season cancellationSporting News — (Jordan Heck)
The XFL unfortunately had to cancel its first season midway through due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means its players are now free to sign in the NFL.
Several players in the XFL have already had NFL jobs at one point, whether it be on a practice squad, in training camp or in actual games. For one reason or another, they couldn't stick in the big leagues and had to prove themselves in the XFL. But with more game tape, it's likely that NFL teams will take another look at a number of players because of their XFL experience.
XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told Sporting News in February that scouts were "watching these games closely."
"A lot of these guys have spent time in the league, so these NFL teams will know them relatively well," Luck said. "But there’s a brisk interest in a lot of players in our league from other professional leagues."
We've already gone over some players that should get an opportunity, but below we'll simply be tracking the players that have secured deals. Expect a few of the XFL's standout players like P.J. Walker, Cam Phillips and Storm Norton to get deals early on.
But while some players may sign deals with team early on, there's no guarantee they last past training camp. NFL rosters expand to 90 at this time of year and have to shrink all the way down to 53 before the season starts.
XFL players to sign with NFL teams
|Name||Position||XFL team||NFL team|
|P.J. Walker||QB||Houston Roughnecks||Carolina Panthers|
|Deatrick Nichols||CB/S||Houston Roughnecks||New Orleans Saints|
|Jordan Ta'amu||QB||St. Louis BattleHawks||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Dravon Askew-Henry||CB/S||New York Guardians||New York Giants|
|Donald Parham||TE||Dallas Renegades||Los Angeles Chargers|
|DeMarquis Gates||LB||Houston Roughnecks||Minnesota Vikings|
|Cavon Walker||DT||New York Guardians||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Khari Lee||TE||D.C. Defenders||Atlanta Falcons|
|Jarron Jones||OL||New York Guardians||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Tyree Kinnel||DB||D.C. Defenders||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Nick Moore||LS||Tampa Bay Vipers||Baltimore Ravens|
|Christian Kuntz||LB/LS||Dallas Renegades||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Edmond Robinson||LB||Houston Roughnecks||Atlanta Falcons|
|Dewayne Hendrix||DL||St. Louis BattleHawks||Pittsburgh Steelers|