San Antonio Brahmas Blow Open UFL Free Agency | Chase Garbers

San Antonio Brahmas Blow Open UFL Free Agency

Of all the UFL teams, the San Antonio Brahmas have no doubt been the busiest since free agency opened. The team has signed a plethora of athletes to letters of intent, and currently have over 90 players rostered that we know of.

Since last week, the team has added dozens of new faces, alongside a couple of familiar names from this past XFL season. Let’s take a look at who San Antonio has picked up so far, and their potential impact in camp. For a full breakdown of the Brahmas Super Draft picks, check out our article from earlier this week.

QB Chase Garbers

Chase Garbers is one of the most intriguing prospects coming into the UFL this year. Chase joins a loaded QB room in San Antonio – one that just let go of Reid Sinnett.

Garbers played his college football at California. He had an excellent career there, posting 6,576 yards and 50 touchdowns, helping lead the team to the postseason in 2019.

This led to an NFL stint with the Las Vegas Raiders as an undrafted free agent. Chase was on the practice squad for the past year, and saw action this preseason (57 yards, 1 TD), but was ultimately released and became a free agent. Now, he’ll stack up with Kurt Benkert, Matt McKay, and Quinten Dormady with the Brahmas.

WR Jontre Kirklin

Jontre Kirklin is back. The electric wide receiver had his XFL season cut short in 2023, only playing for four weeks. During that time, fans were treated to some of the most exciting plays of the season, as Jontre made things happen in more ways than one.

After fully recovering, Kirklin ended up spending some time with the New Orleans Saints. Now, he’ll reunite with Offensive Coordinator A.J. Smith, this time with the San Antonio Brahmas.

WR Marquez Stevenson

Bringing more depth to the WR room is Marquez Stevenson, who most recently played for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

Stevenson had an excellent career at Houston in college, racking up over 2,200 receiving yards and 22 scores across that span. He’s also shown his talents on special teams, which is something San Antonio could utilize in 2024.

TE Alize Mack

Fans will rejoice with the return of Alize Mack, who was one of the few consistent offensive forces in 2023. Mack started in all ten games last season in San Antonio, posting 230 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Following his XFL campaign, Alize spent time with the Tennessee Titans in the preseason. With Cody Latimer also on the roster, expect OC A.J. Smith to work some of these talented tight ends into his run and shoot offense.

Offensive Linemen

OG Chuck Filiaga: Filiaga played the majority of his college football at Michigan, earning 9 starts during his time there. Moved to Minnesota for his senior season, starting in all 13 games in 2022. Spent time with the New Orleans Saints in 2023.

OT Derrick Kelly: Kelly is back in a Brahmas uniform, after starting three games in 2023. Derrick brings plenty of NFL experience to the table, having spent time with the Saints, Giants, Jets – and most recently, the Browns.

OT Greg Eiland: Greg Eiland is also someone who’s been on the fringe of cracking an NFL roster. He’s been with the Seattle Seahawks for the past three seasons, mainly on the practice squad. Greg started in 34 of 46 games played at Mississippi State.

OT Jarrid Williams: Jarrid Williams played his college football at Houston and Miami, starting in 19 games during his final two seasons at Miami. Williams has had a couple of NFL opportunities with Minnesota and Philadelphia.

DL Jason Lewan

Jason Lewan brings more depth to the Brahmas defensive line, fresh off of an opportunity with the Green Bay Packers. Jason played at Illinois State, starting in all 11 games during his senior season. Lewan posted 27 tackles and a sack that year, finishing his college career with 100 total tackles and five sacks.

DL Terrance Lang

Similar to Lewan, Terrance Lang is another young prospect who just recently spent time in the NFL – with the Los Angeles Chargers. Lang had two tackles for Los Angeles this past preseason.

Terrance played collegiately at Colorado, starting during his final 24 games with the team. During that span, Lang registered 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks. 2019 was a monster year for Terrance as well, with five sacks and 29 total tackles.

DE Delontae Scott

Major news for the San Antonio Brahmas is the return of Delontae Scott, who did nothing but dominate during the 2023 XFL season. Scott finished the year with 36 tackles and 7.5 sacks in eight games, doing a bit of everything for the Brahmas.

Delontae ended up signing to the Atlanta Falcons this past offseason, spending the preseason with the team. After being on the open market for several months, Scott now re-signs to San Antonio.

LB Garrett Nelson

Garrett Nelson joins the fold out of Nebraska, as a starter at the school for the past three years. Nelson totaled 167 tackles and 12 sacks during his college career, and in 2022 was a Team Captain, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors.

This past fall, Nelson spent time with the Miami Dolphins during the preseason. He racked up six tackles and a sack in three games.

LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe

The San Antonio Brahmas have targeted NFL talent as of late, and Joel Iyiegbuniwe is an example of exactly that. Joel has played in the NFL for several years, most recently with the Carolina Panthers where he was active for seven games during the 2022 season.

Joel’s best campaign in the NFL was in 2020, with the Chicago Bears, where he racked up 12 tackles and one PBU in 16 active games. Iyiegbuniwe played his college football at Western Kentucky, totaling 205 tackles and five sacks across four seasons.

LB Zach McCloud

Zach McCloud is another NFL prospect who now joins the UFL, hoping to kickstart his professional career. McCloud notched 190 tackles and 8.5 sacks at Miami in college, and has since spent time with the Vikings, Cardinals, Titans, and Colts in the NFL. He was a team captain during his final season at the University of Miami.

DB Benjie Franklin

Benjie Franklin was originally claimed by the Houston Roughnecks this offseason, and not surprisingly now joins the same staff in San Antonio.

Franklin has had some professional experience already, playing with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He also had an NFL opportunity with the Seattle Seahawks. Franklin played his final two seasons of college ball at Tarleton State, totaling 65 tackles and four interceptions across that span.

DB Darrius Phillips

A name to closely watch in training camp will be Darrius Phillips, who joins the Brahmas after spending a few years in the NFL.

Darrius played his college ball at Western Michigan, with 127 tackles, two sacks – and a whopping 12 interceptions to his name. This led to the Cincinnati Bengals drafting Darrius in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft.

Phillips was productive for a couple of seasons, totaling 65 tackles and five interceptions between 2018-2020. From there, though, he’s struggled to regain his balance professionally, having spent time with the Broncos, Raiders, and Texans. As it stands right now, I would expect Phillips to make some serious noise in the UFL with San Antonio.

DB Gavin Helsop

Gavin Helsop is another prospect who could greatly use the UFL to rejuvenate his pro career. Helsop played his college ball at Stony Brook, totaling 196 tackles and 3.5 sacks during his four year stint there.

He ended up signing with the Seahawks as an UDFA, and played in three games with the team in 2021, totaling one tackle. Since then, Gavin has had a couple of opportunities with the Giants and Browns, and now lands with the San Antonio Brahmas.

DB Mac McCain

Mac McCain had an interesting career at North Carolina A&T. He burst onto the scene as a true freshman with 50 tackles and six interceptions (three pick sixes), dominating week in and week out.

In 2019, as a sophomore, he earned first-team all MEAC honors despite missing his last four games – finishing the season with 37 tackles and two interceptions.

After not having a junior season due to COVID-19, McCain ended up signing as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2021. He was claimed by the Eagles later that year, and registered three tackles with the team in two games.

K Matt Ammendola

There will officially be a kicking competition in San Antonio. After picking up rookie kicker Christopher Dunn this offseason, the Brahmas have also signed Matt Ammendola, who most recently spent time with the Houston Texans – hitting a game winner for the team against Cincinnati this past season.

Interestingly enough, Ammendola had originally signed a letter of intent with the Roughnecks (same staff) prior to his Texans opportunity. Matt has been in and out of the NFL for a few years, and will now look to stabilize his professional career in the UFL.

LS Rex Sunahara

You can’t operate special teams without a solid long snapper. Rex Sunahara was the starter for the Brahmas throughout the 2023 XFL season, and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers following. Now, he returns to San Antonio to run it back – but will likely be working with a different punter and kicker in 2024.

Final Thoughts

It’s been a whirlwind in Brahmas news these past couple of weeks. In addition to these signings, the team also picked up:

RB John Lovett
DL Caeveon Patton
S Vernon Scott

On top of that, they traded DB Bubba Bolden to the Birmingham Stallions, in return for DB Alijah Holder.

With Wade Phillips back in action in the spring football scene, it’ll be interesting to watch it all unfold for the San Antonio Brahmas in 2024. After a 3-7 record in 2023, the team has been stacking up on quality talent, and is bound to make improvements this upcoming season.

What are your thoughts on these free agent signings for the San Antonio Brahmas? Will the team improve with the likes of Chase Garbers and Darrius Phillips joining the squad? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

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