The New Orleans Breakers have released QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson just weeks after their USFL season came to a close. This move isn’t extremely surprising, considering the rumors swirling around his situation over the past couple of weeks.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson was one of the top QB’s in the USFL this year. The savvy veteran led the New Orleans Breakers to a 7-3 record and a playoff berth. In the process, he set a modern USFL record for passing yards, leading the league in that category in 2023.
After a slower start to the season, Johnnie Dixon has been outstanding for the @USFLBreakers. His second TD of the day puts New Orleans on top 21-0.
Throughout the season, Bethel-Thompson was a reliable leader for Coach John DeFilippo. The two had previously worked together several years ago with the Philadelphia Eagles, and that chemistry carried over into the USFL.
While the team fell short of the ultimate goal, New Orleans was always a threat due to the high-powered offense run by McLeod Bethel-Thompson. He finished the season with 2,433 passing yards, alongside 14 touchdowns.
Jonathan Adams has had his fair share of impressive catches in the #USFL over the past two seasons.
As of right now, the scenario surrounding MBT is a bit murky. With the CFL’s instability at the quarterback position, the former two-time Grey Cup Champion is back on the market. Rumors have made their way around the alternative football community as of late, regarding whether or not McLeod makes his way back up North.
While anything is possible, one would assume that Bethel-Thompson is also keeping his eyes on potentially landing in an NFL camp. Reports suggest that he’s currently keeping his options open.
I’m led to believe @The_Real_McLeod’s release by his @USFL team is necessary for him to entertain conversations with @CFL teams but is not indicative of an imminent return to the league. He’s still hoping to get into an @NFL camp. #CFL
In addition, a future return to the USFL is not out of the question, either. Bethel-Thompson could always play minutes in the CFL/NFL, and make his way back to the Breakers – or another franchise – before season three. Time will tell.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching McLeod Bethel-Thompson with the New Orleans Breakers in USFL season two, and wish him nothing but the best moving forward in his professional career.
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