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XFL to NFL: Tracking players to sign NFL contracts after 2020 season cancellation

Sporting News — (Jordan Heck)

The XFL unfortunately had to cancel its first season midway through due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means its players are now free to sign in the NFL.

Several players in the XFL have already had NFL jobs at one point, whether it be on a practice squad, in training camp or in actual games. For one reason or another, they couldn't stick in the big leagues and had to prove themselves in the XFL. But with more game tape, it's likely that NFL teams will take another look at a number of players because of their XFL experience.

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told Sporting News in February that scouts were "watching these games closely."

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"A lot of these guys have spent time in the league, so these NFL teams will know them relatively well," Luck said. "But there’s a brisk interest in a lot of players in our league from other professional leagues."

We've already gone over some players that should get an opportunity, but below we'll simply be tracking the players that have secured deals. Expect a few of the XFL's standout players like P.J. Walker, Cam Phillips and Storm Norton to get deals early on. 

But while some players may sign deals with team early on, there's no guarantee they last past training camp. NFL rosters expand to 90 at this time of year and have to shrink all the way down to 53 before the season starts.

XFL players to sign with NFL teams

 Name Position  XFL team  NFL team 
P.J. Walker  QB  Houston Roughnecks  Carolina Panthers  
Deatrick NicholsCB/SHouston RoughnecksNew Orleans Saints
Jordan Ta'amuQBSt. Louis BattleHawksKansas City Chiefs
Dravon Askew-HenryCB/SNew York GuardiansNew York Giants
Donald ParhamTEDallas RenegadesLos Angeles Chargers
DeMarquis GatesLBHouston RoughnecksMinnesota Vikings
Cavon WalkerDTNew York GuardiansPittsburgh Steelers
Khari LeeTED.C. DefendersAtlanta Falcons
Jarron JonesOLNew York GuardiansPittsburgh Steelers
Tyree KinnelDBD.C. DefendersPittsburgh Steelers
Nick MooreLSTampa Bay VipersBaltimore Ravens
Christian KuntzLB/LSDallas RenegadesPittsburgh Steelers
Edmond RobinsonLBHouston RoughnecksAtlanta Falcons
Dewayne HendrixDLSt. Louis BattleHawksPittsburgh Steelers