The Birmingham Stallions were the best team in the USFL in 2022. They were even better in 2023 on their way to a second championship. And now, once again they are using the offseason to try to build an even better roster on their way to a potential three-peat. They made several roster moves this past week in their quest to build a dynasty.
Wide Receiver Deon Cain
The most familiar addition was wide receiver Deon Cain. Cain was with the Stallions in 2023, serving as one of their top receiving targets. He had a great regular season but exploded during the postseason. He went supernova during the USFL Championship, finishing with 171 total yards and three touchdowns on his way to earning the MVP award.
Cain joins 2022 USFL Championship MVP Victor Bolden on the Stallions roster. The Birmingham Stallions now have two USFL Championship MVPs, both of whom have been electric for the Stallions in their respective seasons. Together, they combined for 2,692 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns as receivers and returners across the past two years. The Stallions will immediately be one of the most dangerous offenses and special teams units in the newly merged league with these two running routes and returning kicks.
Lost amid the merger news was the fact that 2023 USFL Championship MVP @cainera1_ is BACK with the Birmingham Stallions for 2024. The Stallions now have the 2022 Championship MVP and the 2023 Championship MVP on their roster along with USFL Receiving TD record holder @_Jstern. pic.twitter.com/1kSllejraj
If you followed the 2020 XFL season, you would remember one of the most intriguing stories was Battlehawks safety Kenny Robinson. Robinson played college football at West Virginia. As a freshman, he was All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after a breakout season. He was All-Big 12 First Team after an even better sophomore campaign. However, after his sophomore year, he was expelled for an academic violation. Rather than transfer somewhere else, Robinson elected to play in the XFL and help support his family financially.
.@krob2__ was the only player in @xfl2020 this past season that still had college eligibility.
He ran with the opportunity, helped his family in a time of need and is now primed for a successful future in football. pic.twitter.com/RBSduXholW
Robinson was a star in St. Louis, starting at safety for all five games the Battlehawks played. He finished the shortened season with 23 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, and two pass deflections. After the XFL season was cut short, Robinson declared for the NFL draft and was picked up by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round. He spent the past three seasons in the NFL.
The kid @krob2__ had his first career pro pick on Sunday! 🙌
He joins a loaded Stallions secondary that includes safeties Christian McFarland, Cody Brown (who the Stallions traded for recently), JoJo Tillery, and T. J. Carter. This is shaping up to be a particularly strong unit for the Stallions in 2024.
Robinson is a MASSIVE signing for the Stallions. Dude was a star at WVU before leaving with eligibility remaining to play in the XFL in 2020. Made a name for himself with the Battlehawks & was drafted by Carolina in the 5th round in 2020. Difference maker! pic.twitter.com/q2e9tuqbskhttps://t.co/xuisZmQ5vt
The Stallions also added linebacker Travin Howard to their defense. Howard played at TCU, where he was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection. He led the Horned Frogs in tackles for a record three straight years, racking up over 100 each season. He finished his collegiate career with 343 tackles to go along with 18 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 12 pass deflections, four forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, and one touchdown.
The Los Angeles Rams drafted Howard in the seventh round in 2018. He played with the Rams for five seasons, including the 2021 Super Bowl-winning season. That year, he had a game-sealing interception in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. So far, Howard has recorded 44 tackles, one interception, and six pass deflections in his NFL career.
Breaking: The Birmingham Stallions have signed LB Travin Howard, per the team.
Howard won a Super Bowl with the @RamsNFL just two years ago. He's best known for this interception that took the team to the SB in their win over the 49ers.
Howard was picked up by the Buffalo Bills this past summer, but he did not make it out of training camp. At 27 years old, he still has a lot of gas left in the tank and will add depth to a Stallions linebacking corps that struggled with injuries last season.
Tight End Thaddeus Moss
Unfortunately, the Stallions roster has reached capacity. To make room for Howard, the Stallions released tight end Thaddeus Moss. Moss was a splash signing in 2023 when the Stallions added him right as the season began, but his promise never materialized during their championship run.
Stuck behind All-USFL tight end Jace Sternberger and tight end/wide receiver hybrid La’Michael Pettway, Moss saw little playing time. Unsurprisingly, with Sternberger and Pettway returning (plus the addition of tight end Chris Pierce, Jr.), Moss wanted out to pursue another opportunity where he could see the field more.
As the season inches closer and the Stallions roster fills up, you might imagine the Stallions are done making moves. However, Stallions General Manager Zach Potter indicated that is not the case on X.
One name to keep an eye on: wide receiver Davion Davis. Davis was with the Stallions in 2023 and was released a few weeks ago by the Arizona Cardinals. If he chooses to play in the newly merged league, you have to imagine the Stallions are his most likely destination.
It should be fun to see what else Potter has up his sleeve. What are your thoughts on the Stallions signing Travin Howard, Deon Cain, and Kenny Robinson? Let us know in the comments down below, or join the conversation on Discord!