Even though the XFL only lasted for five weeks before coronavirus prematurely ended its season, we’re seeing players benefit from the exposure the league gave them.
Yesterday, standout XFL quarterbacks P.J. Walker and Jordan Ta’amu signed NFL deals with the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. Today, the New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with one of the league’s top defensive players.
Cornerback Deatrick Nichols has signed a one-year deal with the Saints, the team announced. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound defensive back led the XFL in interceptions with three over five games.
Nichols has NFL experience as well. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2018. The former USF star appeared in two regular season games and registered a solo special teams tackle.
The #Saints have agreed to terms with the XFL's interception leader, CB Deatrick Nichols, on a one-year contract!
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 24, 2020
As the offseason rolls along, expect to see more XFL players getting opportunities with NFL teams. The league certainly served its purpose in that regard.
Though the 2020 season was abruptly ended by COVID-19, the XFL still plans on holding a 2021 campaign.
This is good news for a legion of players and coaches who can use the league as a proving ground, as well as a chance to earn a living.