- The XFL has blocked at least one NFL team from signing a player who has already inked an XFL contract.
- The move risks putting the XFL on the NFL’s bad side.
- It also risks making unemployed football players nervous about indenturing themselves to the fledgling spring league.
The XFL’s inaugural season won’t begin for another three months, but the upstart professional football league is already doing its best to get on the NFL’s bad side.
And it’s questionable behavior may cause NFL rejects to have second thoughts about suiting up in Vince McMahon’s new spring league.
XFL Bars Detroit Lions from Signing Veteran QB
With Matthew Stafford sidelined for the first time in more than seven seasons, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Detroit Lions had hoped to sign journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson to round out the depth chart.
There’s just one problem: Johnson signed with the XFL three days ago. And the XFL doesn’t intend to let him out of his contract.
— XFL (@xfl2020) November 22, 2019
This isn’t the first time an XFL contract may have prevented a quarterback from earning one more shot at the NFL.
Following Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending injury, there was speculation among fans that the Steelers might bring in Landry Jones, who played for the team from 2013 to 2017 before being cut during the 2018 preseason.
Unfortunately, Jones had indentured himself to the XFL one month earlier, and the Steelers signed Paxton Lynch to their practice squad instead. Lynch is now third on the depth chart behind Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges.
Ticking Off the NFL Is a Risky Move
It’s understandable that the XFL doesn’t want to let its…