We finally are getting more clarity on what the USFL–XFL merger is going to look like. The XFL has informed their players of the four teams who will be in the new league, and gave them some important details about the upcoming season.
On December 27th, the first mini-drafts will take place. These will be conducted by the USFL and XFL separately, as the purpose of these first drafts is to keep top tier talent inside each division/league.
Each league will hold a draft, with its own pool of players from the teams that did not make the final cut
Remaining teams from each league will be able to draft 10 picks from their respective player pools
UPDATE: On the USFL’s side, teams will have the option to pick up to 20 players in their mini-draft
Once this is concluded, the rest of the free agents will then be placed in a combined pool for the January 15th draft, and USFL/XFL teams will be able to select whoever they want from either side
As previously reported, the super dispersal draft will take place on January 15th. This will include all of the unprotected players from both leagues, and USFL-XFL teams will be able to pick whoever they want during that process.
Right now, the remaining 8 organizations are protecting up to 42 players on their current roster. Once the mini-drafts are complete, one would expect each roster to have around 40-50 players.
Training camp roster sizes are currently set for 75 players. This would result in a 20-30 round super-dispersal draft, depending on where teams stand at that point.
Here are some other pieces of information regarding the USFL-XFL Merger:
Training Camp is currently slated to begin on February 23rd, 2024
Players will have a $400/week stipend for housing
As it currently stands, pay will be identical to that of the USFL, with active players making $5,350 a week – and inactive players making $2,500 per week – this is subject to change depending on how final negotiations play out
As previously reported, the Arlington hub will be utilized similar to the way it was in the XFL during their 2023 season
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