In 2019 it was called the XFL Summer Showcase. It was an invite-only workout for players who would like to be considered for a potential spot in the XFL. In 2022 it will be called the XFL Player Showcase. Players had to register and pay this time. These events are now officially sold out.
In 2019, the events took place at all eight XFL city locations and were run by the XFL. They took place from June to July, the same as in 2022. This time, it is in six locations and is in partnership with American National Combines (“ANC”).
In a recent appearance on the Markcast, XFL Insider Mike Mitchell revealed that there are 200 players per the four open tryout locations. The invite-only events in Hawaii and Jackson State are around 100 each. A total of 1,000 players are trying for a spot in the XFL.
XFL coaches and player personnel will be at each event. The Rock will also appear at the Hawaii event since it is at his old high school. There is also talk that he will also appear at the HBCU event.
The XFL is looking to fill 700 total roster spots for all eight XFL teams. Players from these events, NFL practice squad players, cut in September, and the recently announced NFL Alumni Academy players will round out the pool of XFL players. The XFL draft is expected to take place in October. The Nick Novak run Specialist Showcase takes place October 23rd. So we assume after that.
The USFL has recently re-written its player contracts to block their players from joining the XFL. Suppose a USFL player gets an NFL tryout after their season. The league needs to cut the player first and release them from their contract. The NFL will not try out a player if they are under contract with another league.
As reported on USFL News Hub by Mike Mitchell, the USFL.
“added an updated ‘Option Year’ provision to player contracts to prevent them from leaping to other “unauthorized leagues.” The new clause states that if current USFL players land on NFL rosters this summer and are cut by their teams at any point before or during the 2022 NFL season, they will automatically revert back to the league and remain under contract until the end of the 2023 calendar year.”
XNH has learned from player agents that many USFL players have passed on signing this provision. Over the last month, new players added to the USFL must now sign this new Option Year provision.
We still could see some former USFL players wind up with the XFL. Player Showcases start on June 17th at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and end on July 24th at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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