Last week we saw the XFL send out it’s first batch of invites to the draft. Today we’re hearing of the first official signing from the league; and it’s a big one. Landry Jones has officially signed with the XFL. I love it!
Jones participated at the first XFL Summer Showcase in Dallas; conicidently where his former coach is current head coach and general manager. I’m sure Stoops would love to coach Landry again, we’ll just have to wait and see if he’s able to pick him up in the XFL Draft.
As this announcement came out Oliver Luck joined the Colin Cowherd show. During the show he said that the league will sign 7 more quarterbacks over the next few weeks. A while back we had reported that the league was looking at the possibility of assigning tier 1 quarterbacks. It seems like they may be heading that direction as the rest of the invites that have gone out are invites only, and not a contract.
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You can read the full press release from the XFL below:
XFL SCORES FIRST QUARTERBACK
Stamford, Conn., August 15, 2019 – Landry Jones has signed with the XFL.
The former University of Oklahoma standout and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will play for one of the XFL’s eight teams.
“We’re excited to welcome Landry to the XFL as our first player and first quarterback,” said XFL Commissioner and CEO, Oliver Luck. “He’s an accomplished athlete with outstanding college credentials and pro experience, and his heart and desire to play football epitomizes the type of individual we want in the XFL.”
“I’m looking forward to joining the XFL and playing the game I love,” said Jones. “I can’t wait to suit-up.”
Jones spent six seasons in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers and stints with the Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Artesia, New Mexico native attended the University of Oklahoma (2009-12), where he set Big 12 Conference records in passing yards (16,646), completions (1,388) and touchdown passes (123). As a senior, Jones earned All-Big 12 second-team honors. In 2010, he won the Sammy Baugh Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate passer.
The XFL will sign seven other leading quarterbacks before its inaugural player draft in October and each team’s Head Coach will select their quarterback just prior to the draft. Details about the draft will be shared at a later date.