The Arlington Renegades, similar to Michigan, took an interesting approach during the UFL Super Draft. Only five players were selected during the draft, leaving Arlington with plenty of room as UFL free agency opens up.
Clearly, GM Rick Mueller, and Head Coach Bob Stoops have their eyes set on some free agents to fill out the roster. With NFL practice squad players becoming available, it is possible we see some NFL talent joining the fold ahead of the 2024 season.
That being said, Arlington picked up some talent during the UFL Super Draft. For a full breakdown of protected players and XFL Dispersal Draft picks, check out our article from last week.
WR Calvin Jackson
Calvin Jackson brings depth – and a lot of potential – to the receiving corps in Arlington. Jackson had signed a Letter Of Intent with the Seattle Sea Dragons, but now gets picked up by the Renegades during the Super Draft.
Jackson played his collegiate ball at Washington State, seeing a ton of production during his senior season. He started in all 13 games played, racking up 987 yards and seven touchdowns.
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Since then, Juwan has played in the LFA down in Mexico. He was a standout playmaker there, leading the league with 1,225 receiving yards this past season. Manigo helps bring some depth to the Arlington Renegades WR room, one that is already quite deep with talent. He had signed a LOI to play with the Renegades in 2024, and now officially returns to the team.
TE Jared Scott
Jared Scott is a name that not many are familiar with – but fans will want to get to know him quickly, as he is currently the only tight end rostered. Scott is a talented athlete, one who can do a bit of everything for an offense.
Jared had a unique college career, playing for four different schools throughout. He had an excellent year in 2019 with Prairie View A&M, posting 262 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Scott transferred to Jacksonville State in 2020, racking up 126 yards and one score.
From there, he finished his collegiate days at Idaho State, registering 335 receiving yards and four touchdowns. This campaign earned him an opportunity with the Carolina Panthers, which led to signing with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.
Free Agent Watch: TE Jared Scott | @USFLBreakers@JSCO1_ made an impact in NOLA this year, primarily as a blocker. Scott is a versatile tight end, catching over 40 passes in his senior season at Idaho State.
Scott ended up signing with the New Orleans Breakers, starting in 3 of 7 games played with the team. He was primarily used as a blocking tight end, and thrived in his new role – earning an 82.5 pass blocking grade according to PFF. Now, Scott will look to bring that same attitude and edge to Arlington.
LB B.J. Bello
B.J. Bello is back in the spring football scene, after spending time with the Philadelphia Stars. Bello is an NFL vet, having spent the past few years with multiple teams.
He finished his college career in 2017 at Illinois State, posting 72 tackles and six sacks in 11 starts. From there, he’s spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, and Los Angeles Chargers.
Free Agent Watch: LB B.J. Bello | @USFLStars@bj_bello has played with a few NFL teams over the past several years (i.e. Browns, Jets, Chargers). Joined Philadelphia midseason and made an impact. B.J. most recently had a workout with the Bears in July. #UFLpic.twitter.com/j52wyEmgyV
B.J. joined the Philadelphia Stars midway through the year, seeing action in four games – finishing with three tackles (38 snaps). Now, Bello has another opportunity to prove himself, this time with the Arlington Renegades – who have two of the best linebackers in the scene in Donald Payne and Vic Beasley.
DB Nasir Greer
Nasir Greer is an interesting pickup. He spent the 2023 XFL season on the injured reserve list, not seeing any action on the field. However, the Renegades see something in Nasir that they want to have on the team moving forward, given that they selected him in the UFL Super Draft.
Keep in mind, Arlington has seemingly moved on from starters such as De’Vante Bausby, Josh Hawkins, and Will Hill. Greer brings an edge to the secondary out of Wake Forest, totaling 131 tackles and three interceptions during his career there. He also spent some time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2022.
With only 60 players currently on the roster, the Arlington Renegades have 15 spots open. The deadline for free agency’s closure is February 14th, so Mueller & Co. have a few weeks to solidify the remaining free agents they want to bring to training camp, starting on February 23rd.
A key name to keep an eye on is TE Sal Cannella. He was a free agent throughout the dispersal process, and now is in a position to re-sign to Arlington, if he so desires. Another name to watch is DL Doug Costin, who had an NFL stint following his XFL season.
Now that free agency is open, expect some signings to start trickling in sooner than later.
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