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8 XFL players the Eagles could consider signing

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Philly could make some roster additions before free agency starts.

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The XFL cancelled the remainder of their 2020 regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an official announcement from the league.

As a result, XFL players are now reportedly free to sign with NFL teams. This is noteworthy since it was previously established that XFL players wouldn’t be able to sign with NFL clubs until after the 2020 NFL Draft in late April.

Reports indicate it’s possible that the NFL free agency starting date gets pushed back but teams can get a jump on making roster additions by signing XFL talent. The Philadelphia Eagles could easily get involved after watching them sign some players after the Alliance of American Football (AAF) collapsed last year.

Here are some XFL players that the Eagles could consider bringing to Philly.

QB PHILLIP WALKER

Walker was one of the XFL’s biggest stars. The Houston Roughnecks’ starting quarterback completed 64.7% of his attempts for 1,338 yards (7.3 average), 15 touchdowns, four interceptions, and a 104.4 passer rating. Walker also logged 24 rushing attempts for 99 yards and one score.

Walker only turned 25 in February so he could be worth developing. The Temple alumnus and Elizabeth, New Jersey native would be able to return closer to home by signing with the Eagles.

I’d guess the Eagles won’t be the team to sign Walker, though. The 5-11, 216 pound passer lacks the size they seemingly prefer at quarterback. I also think they want to add a more experienced veteran behind Carson Wentz. The Eagles already have Kyle Lauletta as a developmental guy.

QB LUIS PEREZ

The Eagles signed Perez in April last year right after the AAF folded. They then waived him about a month later prior to the start of OTAs in order to sign Cody Kessler.

Perez, who turns 26 in August, finished the 2020 XFL season with PFF’s highest passing grade. After starting the season on the bench, Perez stepped up for the New York Guardians by completing 63% of his attempts for 428 yards (6.9 average), three touchdowns, one interception, and a 92.7 passer rating. Perez has more of the size the Eagles like at 6-3, 218 pounds. I’m not counting on them to re-sign Perez but he was previously on their radar so it felt worth noting.

QB MATT MCGLOIN

Lol, sike. He ultimately got benched for Perez.

WR CAM PHILLIPS

Walker to Phillips was arguably the XFL’s best QB-WR connection. The 24-year-old Phillips was targeted 44 times for 31 receptions, 455 yards (14.7 average), and nine (!) touchdowns. He won XFL Player of the Week in three out of five possible weeks.

The 6-0, 202 Phillips began his professional football career with the Buffalo Bills after going unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent two offseasons with the Bills before joining the XFL last year.

Phillips deserves another look in the NFL. You might not know this but the Eagles are really desperate for talent at wide receiver. Why not throw everything they can at the wall and see if something sticks? It’s worth taking a shot on Phillips.

WR TRE MCBRIDE

McBride finished the 2020 season as the XFL’s highest graded wide receiver by PFF. He was targeted 25 times and logged 17 receptions for 274 yards (16.1 average) and four touchdowns.

McBride was originally a seventh-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2015. He turns 28 in December, so it’s not like a super young developmental guy. But that kind of profile didn’t stop the Eagles from signing an even older Charles Johnson (30 years old) after he led the AAF in receiving last year.

The 6-0, 210 pound McBride offers some level of big play ability with his 4.41 speed. The Eagles could afford to have more fast guys.

OT STORM NORTON

Norton was the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Wildcats in the XFL’s offensive line draft. Fittingly, the 25-year-old ended up as PFF’s highest graded XFL offensive lineman.

Norton went undrafted out of Toledo in 2017. He’s spent time with the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, and Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles could afford to add another offensive tackle body with both Jason Peters and Halapoulivaati Vaitai potentially leaving in free agency. Most importantly, Storm Norton is a great name.

CB ELIJAH CAMPBELL

Campbell, 24, was the PFF’s top graded coverage cornerback. He broke up two passes and merely had a 60.9 passer rating when targeted. The 5-11, 190 pound defender made the CBS Sports “All-XFL Team.”

The Eagles shouldn’t reserve the “Why not throw everything they can at the wall and see if something sticks?” approach for the wide receiver position alone. They should also take a flier on an XFL corner (or two).

CB AJENE HARRIS

The Eagles originally signed Harris as an undrafted rookie free agent in training camp last year. He re-joined the team for a stint on the practice squad before getting waived again. Harris led the XFL in pass breakups with six and graded out as PFF’s seventh best corner. The USC alumnus only turns 24 in June so it can’t hurt to bring him back for a spot on the 90-man offseason roster.

S WILL HILL

Wait, that Will Hill? Yep, the dude who played for the New York Giants back in 2012 and 2013 is still playing football. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015 but he hasn’t given up the dream despite recently turning 30.

Hill graded out as PFF’s second best safety in the XFL. The 6-1, 202 pounder logged two interceptions and allowed just a 34.4 passer rating when targted.

Hill has some potential connections to the Eagles. He first signed with the Ravens in 2014 when current Eagles vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl was working in Baltimore. The Ravens signed him to a two-year, $7 million extension during that span. Hill is also a Florida alumnus, which could be a bonus for Howie Roseman (#GatorBias).

Whether it’s Hill or not, the Eagles could definitely afford to sign an XFL safety. They have a need at that position with Malcolm Jenkins demanding a new contract and Rodney McLeod set to be a free agent. Rudy Ford and Marcus Epps are the only other two Eagles safeties under contract.


The reality is that any player(s) the Eagles add some from the XFL are likely to be camp bodies. Then again, the Eagles did sign Greg Ward out of the AAF last year and that worked out okay for them. Perhaps Roseman can find another diamond in the rough.