XFL to NFL: Tracking players to sign NFL contracts after 2020 season cancellation

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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."

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"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.

DeMarquis Gates LB Houston Roughnecks Minnesota Vikings

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

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