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XFL: 11 Players Sign NFL Contracts On First Day Of Eligibility Following 2023 XFL Season

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (May 15, 2023) – The XFL announced that 11 players from XFL teams have signed NFL contracts. Three of those players were named to the 2023 All-XFL Team on May 8.

Monday, May 15 was the first day XFL players could officially sign NFL contracts.

“We created a ‘League of Opportunity’ to provide players with a platform to show off their skills and prove that there is a positive benefit to spring football,” said XFL President Russ Brandon. “We are thrilled with the amount of NFL contracts signed and training camp invites received by players thus far, and we expect even more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. It is why we set the timing of our season to fit into the football calendar, which is an important benefit for our athletes.”

To date, 58 players have either been invited to camps or have held individual workouts with NFL teams since the conclusion of the regular season. Monday was the first day XFL players could officially sign NFL contracts. XFL teams retain the rights to players if they return to the League. The list of players who signed contracts as of 6 pm ET are listed below in alphabetical order.

“These signings are a credit to our player personnel departments at the team and league levels who recognized talent and all of our coaches who helped their development,” continued Brandon. “We are proud to watch our players continue on their path to achieve their professional dreams.”

C.J. BrewerDLHouston RoughnecksTampa Bay Buccaneers 17 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.0 TFL, 1 FR
Lukas DenisSSt. Louis Battlehawks Atlanta Falcons37 total tackles, 1.0 sack, 2.0 TFL, 2 INT
Ben DiNucciQBSeattle Sea DragonsDenver Broncos242-of-374, 2,671 passing yards, 20 passing TDs, 13 INTs, 305 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs
Austin FaoliuDLSeattle Sea Dragons Seattle SeahawksAll-XFL Team, 24 total tackles, 1.0 sack, 2.0 TFL, 1 FR
Jack HeflinDLHouston RoughnecksNew Orleans SaintsAll-XFL Team, 25 total tackles, 1.0 sack, 3.0 TFL, 1 FR
Antwuan JacksonDLSeattle Sea DragonsCarolina Panthers20 total tackles, 1.0 TFL, 54.0 defensive grade from PFF
Niko LalosLBSeattle Sea DragonsNew Orleans Saints35 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, 7.0 TFL, 1 FF, 1 INT
LaCale LondonDLSt. Louis BattlehawksAtlanta Falcons 33 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5.0 TFL, 2 FF, 1 FR
John Parker RomoKSan Antonio BrahmasDetroit LionsAll-XFL Team, 17 FG, 19 FGA, 2-3 from 50+ yards, 57-yard long FGM
Bryce ThompsonSSeattle Sea DragonsMiami Dolphins 34 tackles, 0.5 sack, 4 TFL, 2 INT
Barry WesleyOLSeattle Sea DragonsAtlanta Falcons83.4 pass blocking grade and a 68.9 offensive grade from PFF

The XFL is a fan-first, fast-paced global professional football league with innovative rules and an enhanced 360-degree game experience. Anchored in world-class football, the XFL brings entertainment and innovation to advance the sport, expand player opportunities, and change the way that fans experience the game. The XFL has eight teams in Arlington (TX), Houston (TX), Las Vegas (NV), Orlando (FL), San Antonio (TX), Seattle (WA), St. Louis (MO), and Washington, D.C. The XFL is owned by Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital Partners and launched in February 2023.

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