Last month, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL, a professional football league that played its only season 17 years ago. The league will return in 2020 but some former NFL players are already being mentioned as possible signings. There are plenty of former NFL players who can still play but there are some who fans would like to see return to the sport. Here are eight former NFL players who would be good signings for the XFL:
The former NFL quarterback hasn’t played in an NFL regular season since 2012 and was last on a roster in 2015, when he appeared in the preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is currently focused on his baseball career but has already been asked about the XFL. Tebow recently appeared in a podcast with SI.com’s Jimmy Traina, who asked him about his thoughts on McMahon saying that he would be a welcome addition. The former Denver Broncos quarterback said that it’s very nice of him but added that 2020 is a long way from now. Tebow did not respond with a yes or no about joining the league but many fans would like to see him return to the sport.
Terrell Owens has said a few times that he can still play in the NFL. The last time he was on an NFL roster was back in 2012, when he joined the Seattle Seahawks during the preseason. The former NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports last year that he can help anybody. Owens was asked by Sporting News about playing in the XFL and ruled it out, saying absolutely not. The former 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals and Seahawks wide receiver added that the XFL is two years away and that Vince had a run at that in 2001 and it didn’t really do so well.
Randy Moss has not ruled out a return to the NFL in recent years but what if he made a move to the XFL in 2020? An NFL return is unlikely and the XFL would benefit from adding one of the best NFL receivers in the last 25 years. Moss’s speed and touchdown catches made him one of the best players during his time with the Vikings and Patriots, where he set records with Tom Brady.
Moss will be 42 years old by the time the XFL returns but who wouldn’t like to see a league with former NFL stars such as Moss, Owens, Calvin and Andre Johnson?
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III did not play in the 2017 NFL season but did reveal that he had opportunities to sign with teams. In an interview with ESPN, the former NFL quarterback said that he had received offers from two teams but turned them down because the situation wasn’t right for him. Griffin revealed that the two teams were the Ravens and Cardinals.
Griffin will be 29 years old by the time the XFL begins, so he would be a great addition for any team. Griffin didn’t have the best stats in Cleveland but no one has forgotten about that amazing season he had as a rookie.
Many fans believe that Colin Kaepernick is still good enough to be on an NFL roster but the former 49ers quarterback has remained unemployed since the end of the 2016 season. Kaepernick will be 32 years old by the time the XFL returns but this is a quarterback that was very close to winning a Super Bowl in 2012. Vince was reportedly asked about the former NFL quarterback joining the league and he didn’t rule it out.
Calvin Johnson retired in 2016 after playing nine seasons with the Detroit Lions. The former NFL wide receiver has been mentioned in many comeback rumors recently. The most recent rumor involved a trade to the Philadelphia Eagles. That never happened but Calvin Johnson could really attract viewers to the XFL if he wanted to make a return to the sport. He retired as one of the best receivers in the league, so we would all be curious to see how he plays.
Revis was released by the Kansas City Chiefs two days ago but before that he was already being mentioned by fans as a possible player for the XFL. A lot of the former NFL players being mentioned for the XFL are quarterbacks and wide receivers. But what about defense? Teams will need some good defensive players and Revis would be a good signing for any of them.
Andre Johnson had a really good NFL career, with over 14,000 yards. The former Texans, Colts and Titans wide receiver is a seven time Pro Bowler and led the league in catches in 2006 and 2008.
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