DC Defenders Sign RB ZaQuandre White In UFL Free Agency

DC Defenders Make Final Cuts In UFL Training Camp

The DC Defenders were one of three teams to trim their 58-man rosters down on Thursday afternoon. With the inaugural UFL season kicking off in just nine days, the team has officially set their roster to 50 players.

DC has undergone a tumultuous last three weeks of training camp, which included major injuries and retirements. Most notably with the news of RB Abram Smith set to miss the entire 2024 season with a torn ACL. Even with the frenzy, there were still a few surprises in the final roster cut. Let’s dive in.

Offensive Cuts

RB ZaQuandre White
WR Jazz Ferguson
OG Matthew Carrick
OT Greg Long

Jazz Ferguson entered training camp on the bubble, even with his returning status from 2023. Ferguson only recorded one catch last season, but his special teams experience was what kept him in contention most likely. The wide receiver room was extremely competitive throughout training camp, with the final six including Keke Coutee, Brandon Smith, Chris Rowland, Vyncint Smith, Kelvin Harmon, and Ty Scott.

ZaQuandre White signed with DC only three days ago, facing an uphill battle from the start. According to sources, White impressed quite a few players and coaches in his short time, and the door is open for a potential return down the line.

Defensive Cuts

DE Tariqious Tisdale
DE Tim Ward
LB Jordan Evans
S Kentrell Brice

Quite a few surprises in this batch, primarily with Kentrell Brice and Tim Ward. Brice is another player who was returning from last season, and played a significant amount as a starter. But with an extremely competitive defensive backs room, Brice ended up being the odd man out in DC. The Defenders safeties now include Deontay Anderson, DJ Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, and Santos Ramirez.

As for Ward, expect more news about this situation to trickle out eventually, but with Ward officially signing his UFL contract less than two weeks ago, his roster position security slowly became a question. The former Houston Roughnecks edge rusher finished the season with five sacks last season, alongside current Defenders edge Trent Harris (who finished with a team high 9.5 sacks). Fans should not rule out a possible return for Ward, but with Trent Harris and Davin Bellamy on the edge, there is a sense of comfort for DC.

Final Thoughts

As teams around the league continue making their final cuts before March 23rd, the Defenders may not be done conducting business. Just as we see with DC, other teams will be making difficult decisions over the next few days, setting up for a fruitful free agency pool.

DC enters this season with one of the stronger UFL rosters on paper. The question remains of if they can repeat their success from last season, where they finished 9-1 alongside an XFL Championship appearance. DC begins their 2024 campaign visiting the San Antonio Brahmas on March 31st at the Alamodome.

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