XFL: Gets Their First Player to Sign Up For League; Name You'll Recognize

For the second time in its history, the XFL has signed its first player.

And that would be former Steeler backup Landry Jones, who became the first quarterback to sign with the new XFL yesterday.

Thing is, the 30-year-old Jones didn’t sign with a specific team.

Instead, BenRoethlisberger’s long-time backup will be part of an eight-man quarterback draft to take place this fall.

Jones started five games in five seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013 to 2017 and spent time last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He worked out with the Raiders during organized team activities in May, but was cut afterward.

After what I’ve seen from the Raiders this summer, I think he dodged a bullet there. I mean, either way, you’re not actually playing for an NFL team.

  • The XFL, which is scheduled to debut next February, began sending draft pool invitations to players earlier this month. It plans to hold its primary draft in October, followed by a series of minicamps in December and a three-week training camp in January.
  • CommissionerOliver Luckhas said the "vast majority" of players in the draft pool will have had some level of professional experience, either in the NFL, CFL, or AAF.
  • Jones played in 19 games with five starts during his NFL career, completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.


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