The XFL doesn’t officially kick off for another few months, but the league just signed its first player.
Unsurprisingly, the first player to enter the league is a quarterback. Former Oklahoma star Landry Jones became the first player in the league on Thursday afternoon.
The league released a statement on the news.
“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.”
Former Steelers QB Landry Jones has become the first quarterback to sign a contract with the XFL.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 15, 2019
Jones spent the majority of his career as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Jones after standout career with the Sooners at the collegiate level.
He found relative success in the NFL, but the Steelers eventually moved on from him after five season with the team. In those campaigns, he saw action in 18 games and threw for 1,310 yards and tossed eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Pittsburgh cut Jones to make room for former Oklahoma State star Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs at the quarterback spot.
He floated around the NFL, landing with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then Oakland Raiders before finding himself out of the league.
The XFL kicks off in February 2020. We look forward to finding out who the other quarterbacks will be.