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Two Additional Players Sign NFL Contracts: XFL’s Chris Blair and Kobe Smith Make the Leap

In an exciting development for the XFL, two more of its standout players have made the transition to the NFL. Chris Blair, the dynamic wide receiver from the D.C. Defenders, has signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, while San Antonio Brahmas’ formidable defensive lineman Kobe Smith has penned a deal with the New York Giants.

This brings the tally of XFL players who have earned NFL contracts this year to 29, nine of whom have earned the coveted All-XFL Team honors.

The XFL, which has branded itself as “the league of opportunity,” is certainly living up to its mantra. Since the conclusion of its regular season, 108 XFL players have been invited to NFL camps or have held individual workouts with NFL teams. This is a significant milestone for the league, which aims to offer a platform for players to showcase their skills and potentially move on to the NFL.

The official signing period began on May 15, with XFL players able to enter into contracts with NFL teams. The terms of the contracts ensure that should the players opt to return to the XFL in the future, they would resume playing for their former teams.

Chris Blair’s signing with the Atlanta Falcons is particularly noteworthy. As a wide receiver for the D.C. Defenders, his impressive catches and agility on the field caught the attention of NFL scouts. The Falcons are likely expecting him to bring the same level of energy and versatility to their offensive line-up.

On the other hand, Kobe Smith is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line. His signing with the New York Giants reflects the team’s dedication to bolstering their defense. Smith’s prowess in disrupting offenses and his ability to make plays in the backfield made him an attractive asset for the Giants.

As we look ahead to the 2024 season and beyond, the XFL remains committed to its mission of being a springboard for players aspiring to compete in the NFL. The league continues to gain traction as an alternative pathway for talented players looking for opportunities to excel at a higher level.

XFL Players Who Signed NFL Contracts

TeamNameNFL TeamPositionDate
San Antonio BrahmasKobe SmithNew York GiantsDL6/16/23
D.C. DefendersChris BlairAtlanta FalconsWR6/16/23
St Louis BattlehawksMarcell AtemanBuffalo BillsWR6/1/23
St Louis BattlehawksDarrius ShepherdLos Angeles ChargersWR6/1/23
Vegas VipersBrandon DillonWashington CommandersTE5/30/23
D.C. DefendersLucky JacksonMinnesota VikingsWR5/23/23
D.C. DefendersFerrod GardnerWashington CommandersLB5/22/23
San Antonio BrahmasAlizé MackTennessee TitansTE5/17/23
Arlington RenegadesWillie TaylorJacksonville JaguarsLB5/17/23
D.C. DefendersDaniel WhelanGreen Bay PackersPT5/17/23
Orlando GuardiansCharleston RamboPhiladelphia EaglesWR5/16/23
San Antonio BrahmasJacques PatrickDenver BroncosRB5/16/23
San Antonio BrahmasLuq BarcooPittsburgh SteelersCB5/16/23
St Louis BattlehawksHakeem ButlerPittsburgh SteelersWR5/16/23
St Louis BattlehawksJaryd Jones-SmithWashington CommandersT5/16/23
St Louis BattlehawksGary JenningsCarolina PanthersWR5/16/23
Orlando GuardiansJordan ThomasCarolina PanthersTE5/16/23
Houston RoughnecksJack HeflinNew Orleans SaintsDL5/15/23
Seattle Sea DragonsAntwuan JacksonCarolina PanthersDL5/15/23
Seattle Sea DragonsNiko LalosNew Orleans SaintsLB5/15/23
Houston RoughnecksC.J. BrewerTampa Bay BuccaneersDL5/15/23
San Antonio BrahmasJohn Parker RomoDetroit LionsK5/15/23
Seattle Sea DragonsBarry WesleyAtlanta FalconsT5/15/23
Seattle Sea DragonsBen DiNucciDenver BroncosQB5/15/23
Seattle Sea DragonsAustin FaoliuSeattle SeahawksDE5/15/23
Seattle Sea DragonsBryce ThompsonMiami DolphinsS5/15/23
St Louis BattlehawksLaCale LondonAtlanta FalconsDL5/15/23
St Louis BattlehawksLukas DenisAtlanta FalconsS5/15/23

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Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of XFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL coverage since its 2018 revival. Launching XFL News Hub soon after the league's return announcement, Mark has established the platform as a primary source for comprehensive XFL updates. Renowned for his in-depth knowledge and commitment to sports journalism, Mark actively engages the XFL community, welcoming interactions at

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