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XFL Player Salary Structure, How It All Works

The XFL is steadily taking shape with a steady flow of coaching additions, regional showcases, and infrastructure.

To help assure league stability and future growth, costs are critical for the league to survive. Similar to the Alliance of American Football, salaries will be kept under strict limits.

Although spending caps have yet to be finalized, the league is expected to have four salary levels. Each “tier” has different player quotas based on a planned 45 man roster.

1- Similar to the NFL’s “franchise” designation, a minimum $250,000 salary will be exclusively assigned to one player. This tier will likely be used for the quarterback. It could go as high as $600,000, but don’t expect Colin Kaepernick to be wearing an XFL uniform.

2- Three players will be assigned this pay level with a range of $150,000 to $175,000.

3- This level allows the largest contingent with 23 players. The salary will fall between $70,000 and $100,000.

4- The lowest pay will be allotted to 18 players. Their salary will be at least $50,000, with the potential to reach $70,000. It may not seem like much, but consider college athletes who are less than three years removed from high school and ineligible for the NFL. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence may find this a tempting opportunity. Others may also be enticed by endorsement deals available in the XFL which are forbidden by the NCAA.

There’s also NFL practice squad players that have languished on the sidelines without any time on the field. “If you’ve been on a practice squad for three years and you’re running scout team, you’re not getting better,” said XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck. Despite the modest income, a real chance at producing a game video to show off their skills could justify leaving the NFL to become a starter in hopes of returning in the near future.

Trevor Lawrence

Additional issues to be finalized:

  • Performance bonuses
  • Team salary cap
  • Whether contracts are guaranteed
  • Signing bonuses and if they count against a team or player cap
  • Stipulations for players who wish to leave for the NFL
  • A “9th team” practice squad for all teams to utilize in case of injuries to starters and salaries for those players

Every head coach will receive a $500,000 salary.

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  1. greg marino

    June 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    thay will get some nice players with that pay scale

    • Anonymous

      February 1, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      That’s really a weak pay scale considering the amount of money this league will be earning. But I guess like any job it will be earnest money, and will help them guys pay some bills.

  2. Stewart

    September 6, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Paying the coaches that much is a mistake. No one cares about washed-up coaches, they add nothing to the league. Hire some hungry young coaches for half that amount. Spending $4 million on head coaches is dumb.

    • William

      September 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      I dont follow . Doesnt article state $500k for coach? Less than nearly all college head coaches .

      Wonder how many NFL practice squad players may opt for XFL draft? Isnt minimum NFL practice squad salary under $6k a week?

      Too bd they did not put a XFL team within 100 miles of each NFL team and they become the practice squad or farm team for each . Then the =y can eliminate practice squads. Just call up player from that NFL teams XFL farm team .

      • Bryan Smith

        February 15, 2020 at 2:21 pm

        I actually think the XFL’s long term plan is to be a farm-team like setup for the NFL. If they show that can be viable, it will give the XFL LONG TERM viability.

  3. Nick

    September 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I think the farm team idea is a great plan!! Win-Win for everyone!

  4. Joseph Venne

    February 22, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    NFL should pick up and support this as a similar thing to G league in the NBA.X league would develop players not quite ready for the NFL or who are on practice squads in the NFL.Many a diamond in the rough exists as a backup but could be developing skills instead of sitting week after week.All NFL teams would be able to offer a contract to a player if they need someone to fill in for example for an injury.

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