St. Louis Battlehawks Sign Channing Stribling | Waive Mykael Wright

St. Louis Battlehawks Add Channing Stribling, Waive Mykael Wright

The St. Louis Battlehawks made a key change in their secondary this weekend. Former All-USFL DB Channing Stribling has been added to the roster, in the wake of Mykael Wright’s release.

This is pretty big news for St. Louis, who continues to revamp their secondary. Channing Stribling was the top cornerback in the USFL in 2022, putting on a show with 16 tackles, a sack, and a league leading seven interceptions.

After that 2022 campaign, Stribling earned All-USFL honors, serving as a key piece to the Philadelphia Stars Championship run. This led to an NFL stint with the Washington Commanders during the 2022 preseason.

Following his release from Washington, Stribling had the opportunity to join the XFL. He was drafted – by these same Battlehawks – during their draft in 2022. However, he opted to return to the Stars instead.

In 2023, Channing Stribling dealt with injuries throughout much of the year, which hampered his season. He finished with 13 tackles and an interception, but he wasn’t able to get into a groove by any means, with his health being a major factor.

During the USFL Dispersal Draft, the Birmingham Stallions selected Channing. He was with the Stallions during training camp the past couple of weeks, but surprisingly did not make it past the first round of cuts.

Now, he’ll have an opportunity to earn a roster spot with St. Louis. It’s worth noting that his DB’s coach from Philadelphia – Martin Bayless – is now on Anthony Becht’s coaching staff.

Mykael Wright Released

Mykael Wright was an XFL Dispersal Draft pick for the Battlehawks, joining the team after spending 2023 with Seattle. Wright was graded positively by PFF, with a 74.0 defensive grade. Wright posted 12 tackles and a forced fumble last year. He’s a speedy corner who could certainly get picked up off of waivers by another UFL organization.

General Manager Dave Boller continues to collect top tier talent for this roster in St. Louis. This secondary unit, as a whole, is improved compared to where it was a season ago.

For Stribling, the spring football veteran now has another opportunity to contend for a Championship. He’s played in the AAF, XFL (2020), the TSL, and the USFL – performing at a high level at each and every stop.

The final cuts down to 50 will be made on March 23rd. These decisions will, no doubt, be extremely tough for every UFL team.

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