The XFL had just five weeks to showcase its talent before shutting down. But there was at least one standout player who made a strong case for an NFL contract: Houston Roughnecks QB P.J. Walker.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, Walker’s strong play with the Roughnecks has landed him an NFL contract. Per the report, he is set to sign a contract with the Carolina Panthers. The move will reunite Walker with his former head coach at Temple, Matt Rhule.
Walker led the XFL in most passing categories at the time of its untimely shutdown. In five games he had 1,338 passing yards for 15 touchdowns – leading the league in both categories. He was the frontrunner for XFL MVP and was 5-0 as a starter.
This won’t be Walker’s first time in the NFL, though. He spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons on and off the Indianapolis Colts.
The #Panthers are signing QB P.J. Walker, source said. Another NFL shot for the XFL star.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 23, 2020
Unfortunately, Walker just couldn’t break in to the Colts main roster. After two years mostly on the practice squad, he was released before the 2019 season.
But the XFL gave Walker’s professional football career new life. Week after week he was showcasing his skills as the Roughnecks mowed down every other team.
In going to Carolina, he will presumably be the backup to Teddy Bridgewater.
Will we see Walker make his NFL debut in 2020?