According to several reports, it won’t be long before we see another XFL player make the jump to the NFL. Cam Phillips, the XFL’s leader in targets (44), receptions (31), receiving yards (455), receiving touchdowns (9) and longest reception (84 YDs) will soon have a new home with an NFL club.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported today that Phillips, the 24-year-old star wideout is receiving interest from the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. That report was also picked up by Cincinnati.com later in the day.
Phillips has taken the long road back to the NFL since going undrafted in 2018 coming out of Virginia Tech. He was originally signed by the Buffalo Bills and hung around with the team going from active roster to practice squad through the 2018 season. He only managed one catch for nine yards during his two games active for the Bills. He was waived by Buffalo after being drafted by the Roughnecks in the sixth round of the XFL draft in October.
Now Phillips could be in line for one of the more impressive pay days for a player making the jump from the XFL to the NFL. Based on the teams who are reportedly interested in the unrestricted free agent and the sheer amount of money they have to spend.
The Bengals currently have between $10 million and $16 million in cap space with Quarterback Andy Dalton’s $17.7 million cap hit hanging in the balance. Cincinnati has ten receivers listed on the depth chart, but a glaring issue in the drop-off in talent after their WR 4, Auden Tate. In addition, WR A.J. Green is playing the 2020 season with the franchise tag of $17.865 million with no guarantee of a future deal.
Both teams could use Phillips for depth at the receiver position, especially given the potential he showed catching passes from P.J. Walker during their short sample size in the XFL season.
For updates regarding Phillips and other XFL players making the jump to the NFL stay tuned to XFL News Hub for the latest.
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