The Birmingham Stallions wasted no time on adding a new signal caller to the mix, as they have signed veteran quarterback Kyle Sloter. The team announced the addition late Thursday night.
The move comes less than 24 hours after Birmingham placed starting quarterback J’Mar Smith on the Injured Reserve List with a left ring finger injury.
Sloter shined in his first stint in the USFL
Sloter, 29, comes into Birmingham with plenty of playing experience that will be very valuable throughout the season. He was taken in the first round of the 2022 USFL Draft by the New Orleans Breakers and finished with the second-most passing yards in the league with 1,798 yards. He had nine passing touchdowns and one rushing score, and was named to the All-USFL Team.
In just the second week of the 2022 season, Sloter was named Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 269 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a dominant 34-3 win over the Tampa Bay Bandits. Two weeks later, Sloter threw a game-winning touchdown to Jonathan Adams with just 10 seconds left in the game to stun the Houston Gamblers.
Sloter was named Offensive Player of the Week again in Week 7 for winning the USFL’s first overtime game in league history, 31-27. He converted two out of the three two-point tries in overtime and finished the game completing 64.1% of his passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
The Breakers made the playoffs with Sloter at the helm but fell short of the championship game, losing to Birmingham 31-17 in the semifinals.
Following his first stint in the USFL, the Arlington Renegades selected Sloter in the 2023 XFL Draft. Despite completing 60.4% of his passes, he threw just one touchdown and four interceptions in four appearances this season and was released on March 27.
Now, he has a great opportunity to serve as Alex McGough’s backup for the Stallions. On the team side, this is a great move. Not only does Sloter have playing experience but he’s a plug-and-play quarterback. If injuries continue to derail the Stallions’ aspirations, Sloter is more than capable of entering the game at any point and succeeding.