P.J. Walker was the first XFL quarterback to sign an NFL contract after the league’s abrupt suspension. But it looks like he won’t be the last to get an NFL deal today.
On Monday, sports agent Kenny Zuckerman announced that St. Louis BattleHawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ta’amu was the XFL’s most accurate passer through the five weeks that the league played. He completed 72-percent of his passes for 1,050 yards and five touchdowns in five starts for St. Louis.
Ta’amu was an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss in 2019. He signed with the Houston Texans but was released before the start of the 2019 season. After finding no teams willing to give him a shot, he signed on with the XFL and earned the starting job with the BattleHawks.
The former Ole Miss quarterback was no slouch in college though. As a senior with the Rebels in 2018, he had 3,918 passing yards – second in the SEC that year – and 19 touchdown passes.
— Kenny Zuckerman (@kenny_zuckerman) March 23, 2020
Ta’amu will likely find snaps hard to come by with Patrick Mahomes as the main man in Kansas City. But with longtime backup Chad Henne entering his mid-30s, Ta’amu could find himself as the understudy in one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses quickly enough.
If nothing else, Ta’amu and Walker getting deals shows that the XFL was more than just a cast of throwaways.
How will Ta’amu do at the NFL level?