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XFL: Three Additional Players Sign NFL Contracts Following 2023 XFL Season, Total Up To 21

Draft-eligible linebacker Willie Taylor signs as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (May 17, 2023) – The XFL announced that three additional players from XFL teams have signed NFL contracts. D.C. punter Daniel Whelan, who signed with the Green Bay Packers, was named to the 2023 All-XFL Team on May 8. This brings the total number of players who have signed an NFL contract to 21, including seven who earned All-XFL Team honors.

Arlington linebacker Willie Taylor signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. Taylor, 23, was one of just three XFL players eligible for the NFL Draft, along with Seattle quarterback Harrison Frost and San Antonio defensive back Marco Domio. Taylor finished the season with four sacks and led the Renegades with eight tackles for loss.

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, May 15, was the first day XFL players could officially sign NFL contracts. If the players return to the XFL, they will resume with their former teams.

The full list of players who have signed contracts as of 6 p.m. ET on their respective days are listed below in alphabetical order.

Announced on May 17
Alize MackTESan Antonio BrahmasTennessee Titans28 receptions, 230 yards, 1 TD, 8.2 yards per reception
Willie TaylorLBArlington RenegadesJacksonville Jaguars16 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, 8.0 TFL, 1 INT, 2 FF
Daniel WhelanPD.C. DefendersGreen Bay PackersAll-XFL Team, 29 total punts, 45.6 punting average, 8 punts inside the 20-yard line, 4 postseason punts, 53.8 postseason punting average
Announced on May 16
Luq BarcooCBSan Antonio BrahmasPittsburgh SteelersAll-XFL Team, 31 total tackles, 1.0 sack, 3.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR
Hakeem ButlerWRSt. Louis BattlehawksPittsburgh SteelersAll-XFL Team, 51 receptions, 599 yards, 8 TDs, 11.7 yards per reception
Gary JenningsWRSt. Louis BattlehawksCarolina Panthers11 receptions, 149 yards, 3 TDs, 13.5 yards per reception
Jaryd Jones-SmithOLSt. Louis Battlehawks Washington CommandersAll-XFL Team, 67.7 offensive grade from PFF
Jacques PatrickRBSan Antonio BrahmasDenver Broncos115 rushing attempts, 443 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 30 receptions, 238 receiving yards
Charleston RamboWROrlando GuardiansPhiladelphia Eagles35 receptions, 430 yards, 3 TDs, 12.3 yards per reception
Jordan ThomasTEOrlando GuardiansCarolina Panthers8 receptions, 148 yards, 3 TDs, 18.5 yards per reception; Also saw action on defense
Announced on May 15
CJ 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 DiNucciQBSeattleSea DragonsDenver Broncos242-of-374, 2,671 passing yards, 20 passing TDs, 13 INTs, 305 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs
Austin FaoliuDLSeattleSea 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

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  1. Delair Morgan Sr.

    May 18, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Mr. Perry
    Im curious if Martavis Bryant has or is even eligible to play in the XFL? I read somewhere that Cam Heyward is trying to get the League to allow Bryant to eligible to return to the NFL and I seen that he played in the Canadian League and a couple others but didn’t see the XFL. Is that his choice or is there any rules in place that prevent him from signing and playing in the XFL? I appreciate the read and or response. Keep up the great work.

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