Three days of the XFL draft have come and gone with USFL on the outside looking in. With 55 USFL players earning NFL contracts the USFL was most likely hoping that those who were cut would be enroute back to their former employers. While I’m sure the brass at Fox is more than happy to “lose” players to the NFL, losing them to the XFL was not a part of the plan.
Currently there 21 USFL players that are currently on NFL payrolls, throughout the last three days the USFL had 18 of their former players get drafted to XFL teams. While the USFL had three of its players return to their teams (Tucker Addington LS, Matt Colburn RB, and Devin Gray WR), I’m sure the Brian Woods and company were hoping to retain players like Sal Cannella, Kyle Sloter, and Channing Stribling in effort to maximize name recognition, competition, and continuity for the league. Right now, there are 13 former USFL players currently as “free agents”, either waiting for an NFL to call, or maybe for the supplemental XFL draft in January of 2023.
The USFL saw ten of its coaches joins XFL teams, so it was only inevitable that players would defect as well. While I’m sure there was sigh of relief when Addington, Colburn, and Gray returned, I’m sure the USFL was hoping more players would return as the NFL season continued and maybe the phone was as active for USFL alumni. So far, the USFL lost Five members of their 2022 All-USFL Team, in addition several players with NFL experience. While some of these players were sure to leave due to ties to former coaches and XFL 2.0 teams, the departure of these players surely hurts.
|USFL Players||Position||USFL Team||NFL Team||XFL Team||Result||Career NFL Earnings|
|Doug Costin||DL||Stallions||Steelers||Renegades||Released 16Aug XFL 16Nov||$1,053,602|
|Sal Cannella||TE||Breakers||Packers||Renegades||Released XFL 16Nov||$0|
|Channing Stribling||CB||Stars||Commanders||Battlehawks||Released XFL 16Nov||$108,800|
|DeJaun Neal||DB||Generals||Commanders||Defenders||30Aug Released XFL 16 Nov||$0|
|Luis Perez||QB||Generals||Rams||Vipers||Released 16Aug 15Nov XFL||$15,200|
|Kyle Sloter||QB||Breakers||Jaguars||Renegades||Released 9Aug 15Nov XFL||$1,409,322|
|Rashard Davis||WR||Bandits||Jets||Sea Dragons||Released 16Aug Nov16||$196,718|
|Garrett McGhin||OL||Generals||Giants||Renegades||PS Giants/Released 16 Nov||$409,878|
|Shakur Brown||CB||Maulers||Titans||Rengades||Released 16Nov XFL||$61,800|
|De’Vante Bausby||CB||Generals||Commanders||Renegades||Released 16 Aug 16 Nov XFL||$2,219,948|
|Terell Bonds||CB||Maulers||Titans||Brahmas||Released 14Aug 16 Nov XFL||$696,253|
|Darrius Shepard||WR||Generals||Broncos||Battlehawks||PS Broncos Cut 11Oct 16 Nov XFL||$909,647|
|Quinton Meeks||CB||Bandits||Saints||Battlehawks||Cut 30 August 16 Nov XFL||$881,793|
|Cameron Hunt||OL||Stallions||Chargers||Renegades||Released 22 Aug 16Nov XFL||$535,605|
|Dexter Williams||RB||Stars||Packers||Renegades||Cut 30 August 16Nov XFL||$1,059,855|
|Jameson Houston||CB||Panthers||Seahawks||Vipers||Cut 29 Aug 16 Nov XFL||$182,164|
|DeAndre Torrey||RB||Panthers||Eagles||Vipers||Cut 22 Aug 16Nov XFL||$0|
|Devin Hafford||CB||Maulers||Patriots||Roughnecks||Waived Aug20 16Nov XFL||$0|
Even though there were 18 players who were signed NFL contracts left the USFL, many former USFL players who were released mid-way through the USFL season. Jeff Badet, Manasseh Bailey, Daishawn Dixon, and Michael Carrizosa are just of the names of players with USFL ties.
The most notable loses include Sal Cannella, De’Vante Bausby, Channing Stribling, Kyle Sloter, Luis Perez, Cameron Hunt, and Garrett McGhin. While every player coming back to the USFL was obviously the goal thus their transition hurts losing two All-League Offensive Linemen, and consistent figures at Quarterback definitely hurts the league in many folds. With Alt-league football often criticized for inconsistent QB and Line play, the loss of those four players will be hard to fill.
Another Caveat to the XFL drafting USFL players is the possibility of the “release” of USFL players post December 31st. With names like Bryan Scott, Jordan Ta’amu, and Devin Ross all rumored of trying to transition to the XFL, the USFL could be facing even more players joining the “other” league.
With two spring football leagues, the FCF, and the IFL looking to solidify itself in world of Alt-Football, the bidding wars for talent is in full-swing. As we’ve seen on all levels of Football the talent is everywhere especially with several talented players in the XFL draft pool not selected. For the USFL to survive it’s crucial for them to continue find talented offensive linemen and quarterbacks to ensure fun, safe, and effective play for spring of 2023. Regardless for leagues like the XFL and USFL it seems we as fans will have the opportunity to see a bunch of young men living out their dreams play paid professional football.