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Cardale Jones to IFL? Former OSU and Defenders QB Signs with Massachusetts Pirates

Per the IFL transaction page and first tweeted by Stars Blobber on twitter, Former OSU and DC Defenders QB Cardale Jones is taking his talents to the Indoor Football League. The 30-year-old former 4th round pick was thought to be “done” with football, however, has made statements about playing in the XFL 3.0, will now try his hand at the indoor game for the first time in his career.

After his magical run at Ohio State where Jones won a National Championship, Jones has been bouncing around pro-football since getting drafted by Bills in 2016. After cutting his teeth with the Bills in which he made his lone NFL appearance, Jones had stints with the Chargers and Seahawks before being allocated to the DC Defenders in October of 2019.

Jones 7 in 2016 with the Buffalo Bills

Jones got off to a hot start with the Defenders being the highest rated Quarterback for the first two weeks. Jones’ hot streak would cool off, however he still managed to lead the Defenders to a 3-2 record and a 3-way 1st place tie with the Battlehawks and New York Guardians before the league ceased operations. Jones threw for 674 yards against 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during his Five starts in the XFL.

Upon the conclusion of XFL 2.0 Jones would garner an NFL workout with the Raiders in addition to throwing multiple times at Ohio States Pro Day. He’d garner an opportunity with the Edmonton Elks in May of 2020, however his stint in Canada would only last two weeks and he’d be released. For Jones the once promising Buckeye is now appearing on his final pro-football lifeline as despite verbal interest in the XFL and appearing at a showcase he remained undrafted.

For fans of Cardale Jones one might have to wait and see if he’s able to utilize this opportunity in the IFL to get back into relevance either of the two outdoor spring football leagues taking place in 2023.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging with his dogs in his off time.

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