Plenty of former NFL players will give the XFL a try

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There’s no Terrell Owens, no Johnny Manziel (for now). And the plan to lure unemployed NFL quarterbacks away from the inevitable invitation to occupy a spot on a practice squad or bottom of a depth chart didn’t result in a mass exodus or anything close to it.

Still, plenty of former NFL players have a spot in the XFL draft pool, in advance of the October 15-16 rocket-fast, 90-seconds-per-pick process that will populate eight teams with 71 players each.

Here’s a quick sampling of names that jumped out while scrolling through the full list of players in the XFL draft pool: defensive end Kony Ealy, running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Tyree Jackson, quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Christine Michael, quarterback Connor Cook, running back Jonas Gray, kicker Roberto Aguayo, receiver Sammie Coates, quarterback Joe Callahan, long snapper Nate Boyer, receiver Ryan Broyles, running back Lance Dunbar, punter Jeff Locke, receiver Max McCaffrey, kicker Nick Novak, receiver Jacoby Ford, punter Brad Wing, running back Matt Jones, safety Rahim Moore, fullback Aaron Ripkowski, tight end Orson Charles, fullback Tommy Bohanon, tight end Clay Harbor, and tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

There’s still no real star power in the XFL, but there definitely will be plenty of NFL talent on the field when the XFL returns after a 19-year absence. The challenge will be to develop stars, even if that means watching them go back to the XFL.

34 responses to “Plenty of former NFL players will give the XFL a try

  1. What about Kaepernick? If he played in the XFL would that prove his point of collusion in the NFL if he played well, or would it damage his position if he played poorly?

  2. “What about Kaepernick? If he played in the XFL would that prove his point of collusion in the NFL if he played well, or would it damage his position if he played poorly?”
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    The collusion case concluded long ago. Your question is irrelevant.

  3. barneyrumble says:
    October 12, 2019 at 11:01 am
    What about Kaepernick? If he played in the XFL would that prove his point of collusion in the NFL if he played well, or would it damage his position if he played poorly?
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    Doubt he’d take the pay cut, he’s killing it with his professional martyr gig

  4. XFL is missing the mark. I can’t stand any of them but from a business mindset I would be throwing some money out there to bring in Kaepernick, Johnny Football and evwn bring in Tim Tebow. Each one brings their own built in fanbases and would drum up far more interest then the above mentioned 3rd/4th string caliber QB’s.

  5. Would be big if they can lure some top college guys like the old USFL. McMahon seems to have a plan unlike the AAF goons.

  6. Reading about Petey praising some of his current players reminds me of the way he praised running back Christine Michael, now out of football. Those praises sound familiar and similar.

  7. Kap was a decent QB. People who say he is terrible really have no clue about football or just hate him because of his kneeling.

    I would never kneel and I’m sure most Americans wouldn’t, but he does have every right to kneel and the owners have every right not to hire him.

    I for one like watching the best of the best, so I wouldn’t mind watching him again. In the grand scheme of things, has anyone’s lives who watches football really changed because of him kneeling? Doubtful!

    I’d sign him just because he is a decent player and better than a lot of the QBs out there right now.

  8. “What about Kaepernick? If he played in the XFL would that prove his point of collusion in the NFL if he played well, or would it damage his position if he played poorly?”
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    The collusion case concluded long ago. Your question is irrelevant.

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    The original filing was settled yes. But it does not preclude another filing especially if there is evidence that collusion continues. The question was would good play prove collusion was there and had nothing to do with a settlement of the first filing.

    The average XFL player is expected to make around 55k per reports, that does not mean the XFL couldn’t or shouldn’t throw the right amount at Kap. The name recognition would offset whatever the payment in salary.

  9. WWE loves villains. Kaepernick would be welcomed into the XFL with open arms. He doesn’t want to play football though or he’d have already been in the Canadian league and “proved himself.” Like the above poster said: there’s more money in martyrdom than football for Kaepernick at this point.

  10. I know the XFL doesn’t want to be purely a minor league for the NFL. But I really think they should have some affiliation with them. People root for their regional NFL teams and usually for the college they went to.

    XFL teams should have one or two NFL (third or fourth string) QBs on their team with the agreement to run 3-4 of a NFL QB team’s staple plays. 2nd string NFL QBs barely get that many reps and often 3rd string QBs run the scout team. So having a 3rd string QB run a couple plays from a specific NFL playbook might be helpful to the NFL. The XFL gets the draw of potential future NFL players (at the most important position) playing for them.

  11. Kaepernick won’t play because it expose how awful he is and that would be the end of the whole martyr gig.

  12. They aren’t NFL talent otherwise they would be in the NFL. Also if you want to be a development league you wouldn’t be taking in guys who’s career is now over but young guys that are unknown and still have a chance. Trent Richardson isn’t making back to the NFL either are the names mentioned. Football isn’t like baseball where you can be 26 and make a push to make the league.

    So they are going to roll out a league the week after the Super Bowl with these guys? No one is going to watch this cast QBs. When you just watched Brady, Brees, Rogers and Mahomes you think someone is going to watch Mettenberger? They won’t be able to sell tickets just like the AFL.

    Also those that keep bringing up Kaep need to stop. The conclusion case was proven in court and now you are just showing you are racist. The guy brought a team to the Super Bowl and proved he could play in the NFL. Doesn’t need to waste his time with a league that will fold in 2 years.

  13. No star power? When you have Robert Wing punting attendance shouldn’t be an issue.
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    Who received the ball from long snapper Nate Boyer – standing room only!!

  14. The XFL may want to recruit some college players, who are not getting paid and who may get better coaching in the XFL, besides getting paid. The XFL should play their games on Saturdays. Their players are definitely much better than the average college kid. Right now NCAA football has a virtual monopoly on Saturdays.

  15. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    Doubt he’d take the pay cut, he’s killing it with his professional martyr gig
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    Sir, This comment is pure gold baby!

  16. The XFL does not want to run afoul of the NFL so signing Kap is not going to happen, even if he wanted to. Kap will never play pro football again, the NFL will see to that.

  17. Kaepernick would be welcomed into the XFL with open arms. He doesn’t want to play football though or he’d have already been in the Canadian league and “proved himself.”

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    this is foolishness. He’s already proved himself. There’s absolutely no sense in him putting his body on the line, taking that beating, and risking injury for less than the average starting IT technician makes every year. Especially since the teams would almost certainly just come up with another excuse not to give him a workout.

    There are lots of QBs who have”proven themselves” to be absolute garbage and they’re not only getting workouts with teams they’re getting signed; some of them are being started.

    The reason Kaep can’t get a workout has nothing to do with proving himself. If teams just don’t want him then just say so be honest don’t hide behind the notion that he’s an unknown property. Based on ability alone if Nathan Peterman can get signed Kap has shown more than enough to get a work out. The Steelers are starting Devin Hodges for Christ’s sake. starting him not testing him out not bringing him in for a workout but starting this non-entity.

  18. The NFL only has 6-8 good teams. The rest are just cash registers for the owners (HEIRS). Good luck with XFL teams that Nick Saban’s semi-pro team could woop on.

  19. There is no demand for the XFL. People barely watch TNF when two mediocre teams play. It is guaranteed to fold within two months after the first game.

  20. It’s spring football so who cares if they are all has beens! Ratings will beat basketball and God forbid baseball!

  21. Wow.. People just hate Kap.. He was a good QB on a bad team. PFF proved this point years ago with analytics. The NFL is trying to pass a gambling bill that needs tRumps signature. Who is going to sign a person that will cause tRump to throw a tantrum when there is Billions involved. Anyone who things Kap isn’t as good as a FCS undrafted rookie doesn’t know anything a

  22. Wow.. People just hate Kap.. He was a good QB on a bad team. PFF proved this point years ago with analytics. The NFL is trying to pass a gambling bill that needs tRumps signature. Who is going to sign a person that will cause tRump to throw a tantrum when there is Billions involved. Anyone who things Kap isn’t as good as a FCS undrafted rookie doesn’t know anything about

  23. Kap deserves a shot in the NFL. The site PFF that provides analytics to NFL teams proved as much years ago. NFL teams are trying to pass a gambling bill that needs tRumps signature. I doubt the owners want to deal with his nonsense. If he throws a tantrum he might not sign a bill and that could cost teams billions in the long run. NFL has become an ethics are optional league. I

  24. californianewton says:
    October 12, 2019 at 11:28 am
    Reading about Petey praising some of his current players reminds me of the way he praised running back Christine Michael, now out of football. Those praises sound familiar and similar.
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    Your obsession with anything Seattle related is sickening. Life must be boring in the tent city you live in.

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