Birmingham Stallions Re-Sign JoJo Tillery, Cut JuJu Hughes

Birmingham Stallions Re-Sign JoJo Tillery, Cut JuJu Hughes

The Birmingham Stallions have made another swap back to a former player. Safety JoJo Tillery has re-signed with the team, as the Stallions have released JuJu Hughes.

JoJo Tillery has been a staple of John Chavis’ defense through three seasons. He was playing very well this year, with a 72.2 Defensive Grade via PFF. Tillery injured himself in week five against Houston, on what would have been a pick six. JoJo came up limping on the play – and eventually was let go due to the injury.

Having Tillery back in the lineup is excellent news for Birmingham. Their defense has been one of the best in the UFL, but they were clearly missing one of their key pieces once JoJo went down.

JoJo Tillery is one of the most underrated safeties in all of spring football. Across his two years in the USFL, he posted 73 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception – which included missing several games to injury in the 2023 season. He stepped up big-time in the 2023 Championship, leading the team with 10 tackles.

Stallions fans can sigh with relief, knowing one of their favorite players from the past few seasons is back on the roster.

JuJu Hughes Released

JuJu Hughes, on the other hand, was a late addition to the team. He’s primarily seen his minutes on Special Teams, playing just 12 snaps across the last two games as a defensive back.

With Tillery back on the roster, there simply isn’t room anymore for Hughes. JuJu is a talented young corner, who should absolutely get another look by other teams, whether it be in the UFL or another league.

Final Thoughts

With a playoff berth already clinched, the Stallions are riding high given their 8-0 record. The team continues to win no matter what injuries they’ve faced so far. Now, they’ll focus on getting fully healthy for what should be another deep postseason run.

Most recently, the team also brought back punter Colby Wadman, releasing Drue Chrisman in the process.

What are your thoughts on JoJo Tillery coming back to the Birmingham Stallions? Should JuJu Hughes have been released? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!