2023 XFL season
LeagueXFL
SportAmerican football
DurationRegular season:
February 18 – April 23
Playoffs:
April 29 – May 13
Number of games43 (40 regular-season games, 3 postseason games)
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, FX
North championsDC Defenders
  North runners-upSeattle Sea Dragons
South championsArlington Renegades
  South runners-upHouston Roughnecks
2023 XFL Championship
VenueAlamodome, San Antonio, Texas
ChampionsArlington Renegades
  Runners-upDC Defenders
Finals MVPLuis Perez
Seasons
← 2020

The 2023 XFL season was the second season in the reboot of the XFL, the first under its new ownership group of Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Gerry Cardinale (RedBird Capital), and the third in the history of the XFL brand created and originally owned by Vince McMahon.

The regular season began on February 18, 2023. A player combine was held on June 18, 2022, the 2023 XFL Draft was held from November 15 to 17, and training camps began on January 8, 2023.[1]

The Arlington Renegades defeated the DC Defenders in the 2023 XFL Championship Game to become the first league champions in this iteration of the XFL. This ended up being the XFL's last season before it merged with the United States Football League to form the United Football League.

Background

The 2020 XFL season was cut short following five weeks of play in March 2020, as a result of immediate and prolonged stay-at-home orders and prohibitions on large gatherings imposed in an effort to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[2] On April 13, 2020, XFL parent company Alpha Entertainment declared bankruptcy in response to the measures, most of which would not be fully lifted until vaccines were made available and widespread in early 2021.[3] The assets of the league were sold to Johnson, Garcia, and Cardinale on August 3, 2020.[4][5]

After the purchase the new ownership briefly considered a single-market season for 2021, but the timing of the sale process made it difficult to accomplish.[6] During the course of the 2021 offseason, the XFL's new ownership group began discussions with the Canadian Football League regarding a potential partnership; these discussions collapsed in July, leading the league to cancel its planned 2022 season.[7]

As McMahon fired commissioner Oliver Luck shortly before the bankruptcy;[8] the league was left in the stewardship of Jeffrey Pollack during the transition to new ownership until Pollack resigned and was succeeded by former Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon in November 2021.[9]

Teams

On March 11, 2022, multiple news reports indicated that the XFL had hired Reggie Barlow away from the Virginia State Trojans to serve as a head coach. The reports indicated Barlow would coach a team in San Antonio, Texas; San Antonio was not among the eight cities that hosted an XFL team in 2020[10] but had begun discussions with the XFL during the 2020 season[11] and had hosted the San Antonio Commanders, the top-attended team in the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in 2019. Virginia State confirmed Barlow had taken a job with the XFL,[12] but no confirmation from any party had verified the San Antonio team's existence.

On April 6, 2022, multiple news reports indicated that the XFL had hired their second head coach in former NFL Defensive Back Terrell Buckley. The reports indicated Buckley would coach a team in Orlando, Florida; Orlando was not among the eight cities that hosted an XFL team in 2020[10] but had begun discussions with the XFL about moving the Tampa Bay Vipers there during the 2020 season[11] and had hosted the Orlando Apollos, the second top-attended team in the Alliance of American Football in 2019 and the Orlando Rage, one of the most successful teams in the original XFL in 2001.

On April 6, 2022, A report came out that sources close to the league have mentioned that XFL would be keeping five teams in their original 2020 locations (DC Defenders, St. Louis BattleHawks, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks and Seattle Dragons), following through with the Vipers proposed move to Orlando, and adding two new teams in San Antonio and Las Vegas.[13] The teams in San Antonio and Las Vegas would replace the New York Guardians and the Los Angeles Wildcats, respectively.[14]

On May 18, 2022, two separate reports indicated that The Dome at America's Center had left five open dates anticipating the BattleHawks' return,[15] and that TDECU Stadium would host XFL games in 2023.[16]

On May 22, 2022, Randy Karraker of the St. Louis-based radio station 101 ESPN reports that the XFL was to formally announce the BattleHawks' return on June 1 (no such announcement materialized).[17] Kevin Seifert announced that cities and stadiums, which would largely be in the same scale of college, NFL and Major League Soccer venues the league had used in 2020, would be announced by the end of July, and implied that teams that did not have trademark disputes and were returning from their home cities would retain their 2020 brands.[18]

Directors of player personnel and offensive and defensive coordinators were announced June 9, 2022. Among the announcements was the confirmation of June Jones joining Haslett's staff and former BattleHawks head coach Jonathan Hayes joining Stoops's staff in Dallas.[19]

On July 24, 2022, Johnson and Garcia held an XFL Townhall at Texas Live! where they confirmed all 2020 XFL teams except the New York Guardians, Los Angeles Wildcats and Tampa Bay Vipers would return. New York, Los Angeles, and Tampa would be replaced by teams in San Antonio, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.[20] Team 9, the non-playing unified scout team/practice squad, will also not return, with the league taking a more open approach with signing free agents midseason than it did in 2020.[21] The league also announced seven of the eight venues, while the Las Vegas stadium would be announced on later date.[22] On January 5, 2023 Cashman Field was announced as the Vipers home venue.[23]

On September 23, 2022, the XFL online store leaked placeholders for the new team names, prompting speculation that the Renegades, Dragons, BattleHawks, Defenders, and Roughnecks would return to their home cities, that the Vipers brand would be transferred to Las Vegas (in homage to the Las Vegas Valley being the northwestern limit of the Western diamondback rattlesnake's natural habitat), and that the Guardians brand would be placed in Orlando. San Antonio would be branded as the Brahmas.[24] Team identities were scheduled to be released October 31; teaser segments released the day before showed that the Dragons' and BattleHawks' new logos were exact matches to their old logos, and that color schemes matched the Renegades', Guardians', Roughnecks' and Defenders' brandings from 2020, with slight design alterations.[25]

The league's schedule was released on January 5, 2023.[26] With the schedule release, the league realigned to a north–south divisional alignment to allow all three Texas teams to be division rivals.

2023 XFL season teams
Club City Stadium Surface Capacity Head coach
South Division
Arlington Renegades Arlington, Texas Choctaw Stadium Grass 25,000 Bob Stoops
Houston Roughnecks Houston, Texas TDECU Stadium Turf 40,000† Wade Phillips
Orlando Guardians Orlando, Florida Camping World Stadium Turf 60,219† Terrell Buckley
San Antonio Brahmas San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Turf 64,000† Hines Ward
North Division
DC Defenders Washington, D.C. Audi Field Grass 20,000 Reggie Barlow
Seattle Sea Dragons Seattle, Washington Lumen Field Turf 69,000† Jim Haslett
St. Louis Battlehawks St. Louis, Missouri The Dome at America's Center Turf 66,965† Anthony Becht
Vegas Vipers Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field Grass 12,500[a] Rod Woodson
  1. ^ Approximate capacity, including standing room and lawn seating. Cashman Field has 9,334 fixed seating, and it can expand to 14,500 with temporary bleachers.[27]

†Full stadium capacity. The large stadiums with multiple decks only open the lower bowl for XFL games, similar to the former AAF games and MLS matches played in large stadiums. The XFL has a target stadium size of 30,000 seats so that in the event of playoff games, the upper decks can be opened to increase capacity.[28]

2023 XFL season is located in the United States
Locations of teams for the 2023 XFL season, (South Division - red; North Division - blue;)

Players

For the 2023 season, each XFL team started training camp with up to 80-men rosters (66 originally[29]), but had to trim it down to 70 by January 21, 2023,[30] down to 60 two weeks later[31] and then to 50 by February 10. Regular season rosters were supposed to stand at 50 (compared to 52 at the 2020 season), while 45 of those 50 are active on any given game day.[32] Just before the season started the league decided to expand the rosters from 50 to 51 (46 active on game day),[33] so all teams will be able to dress three quarterbacks on their active roster any given week.[34] 14 players on the opening day rosters were on NFL practice squads during the 2022 season,[35] while four 2023 CFL free agents chose to sign with XFL teams.[36]

While in 2020 the league's primary target for players was veteran backups (such as the kind Luck developed in his time in NFL Europe, citing Kurt Warner, Brad Johnson and Jake Delhomme as examples) who may not be getting the repetitions needed to develop properly on NFL scout teams and practice squads.[37] Due to budget concerns and an unwillingness to antagonize the NFL, it does not get into bidding wars for marquee players, but didn't intend to be is a "developmental" league to the NFL, rather a "'standalone' and 'complement' league".[37][38] In contrast, the 2023 season of the XFL saw the league take a much lower emphasis on professional experience when selecting its quarterbacks, as it noted that the veterans "washed out early" compared to the younger, less experienced talent and that its 2020 breakout star—P. J. Walker—was better known at the time for bouncing on and off the Indianapolis Colts practice squad before joining the XFL and ultimately landing the starting position with the Carolina Panthers.[39] The new ownership also embraced more of a "developmental" mentality when they signed a collaboration agreement with the NFL[40] and introduced the "54th man" slogan, which refer to the NFL 53-men roster limit.[41][42][43]

During the season, the XFL held centralized workouts for free agents and other athletes every Tuesday.[44]

Draft

See also: 2023 XFL Draft

The XFL 2023 draft took place at the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada,[45] while the player pool consisted of 1,700 eligible players, after XFL personnel have evaluated nearly 6,000 players in seven XFL showcases,[46][47][48] NFL training camps and tryouts.[49] Of those, 528 players advanced to the preseason rosters.[50]

The 2023 XFL Draft followed the same basic layout as the 2020 XFL Draft: starting quarterbacks were allocated in a separate process and revealed November 15, while the remaining positions were separated by position.[51] It followed a "snake" format, with each position phase following a random order set prior to the draft, and that order reversing between odd and even rounds of the phase.[52][53]

Compensation

In 2023, the XFL uses a standard form contract paying $5,000 per week, $800 of which is guaranteed. A $1,000 victory bonus is paid to the players on each game's winning team, including inactive players.[54] Starting quarterbacks will again be eligible for a higher salary.[55][56] The base annual salary for an XFL player was $59,000, plus room and board in the league's hub at Arlington, Texas, throughout the season valued at approximately $20,000.[57]

During training camp there was a mandatory breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the league was also supplied "grab and go" snack after dinner. During regular season the XFL provided two meals and "grab and go" snack. The league did not assist with any off-site living cost.[58] Injured players got paid (in contrast to the 2022 USFL season).[59]

On March 10, 2023, XFL players filed a petition (through the United Steelworkers) for a representation election with Region 16 of the National Labor Relations Board.[60] On April 19, the XFL players decided against joining the union by a vote of 124 to 73.[61]

Player movement

Transactions[62][63]

Partnerships

Indoor Football League

See also: 2023 Indoor Football League season

The XFL signed a player personnel partnership with the Indoor Football League, with the IFL functioning as its de facto minor league.[89][90] Brendon White was the first player to exercise the option to join the IFL when he signed with the Massachusetts Pirates,[91] while offensive lineman Joshua Frazier would later join him after he was released by the Guardians.[92] Receiver David Tolentino signed with the San Diego Strike Force after he finished his season with the Roughnecks.[93]

Tulsa Oilers offensive lineman Larry Williams was the only player who did the opposite way, when he signed with Las Vegas Vipers,[94] and was on the Vipers opening day roster.[95]

NFL Alumni Academy

In April, 2022 the league has signed a partnership with the NFL Alumni Academy to develop potential players which state that every player graduated from the program has an "opt-in" option for XFL contract.[96] In December rumors started circulating that the Academy is looking to terminate the partnership over payment disagreements,[97] which was later revealed as a disagreements over the number of players drafted.[98] The issue was later resolved and the XFL assigned Academy graduates to training camp rosters.[99] 36 alumni were on opening day rosters, while 15 of them were "assigned" players.

Notable players

Source[100][101]

Coaches

On March 11, 2022, multiple news reports indicated that the XFL had hired Reggie Barlow away from the Virginia State Trojans to serve as a head coach. The reports indicated Barlow would coach a team in San Antonio, Texas.[10] On April 6, 2022, multiple news reports indicated that the XFL had hired their second head coach in former NFL Defensive Back Terrell Buckley and that the league was looking to re-hire Renegades head coach Bob Stoops and potentially bring back former Vipers head coach Marc Trestman in another capacity, while noting that in regard to coaches, "the situation (was) fluid" at the time and that several other former NFL players were being considered for coaching positions.[102][103]

On April 13, 2022, the XFL confirmed the hirings of Stoops, Buckley and Barlow, along with the league's five other head coaches, without identifying which teams they would coach. The other head coaches hired were Wade Phillips, Rod Woodson, Anthony Becht, Jim Haslett and Hines Ward.[104] Haslett, who was later identified as the Seattle head coach, reportedly brought on former Roughnecks head coach June Jones as offensive coordinator, as Jones had accidentally leaked news of his new position on Twitter before it had been made official.[105] Coaches were given a 3-year contracts.[106]

For the 2023 season, the XFL started a pilot partnership (in collaboration with Under Armour) with the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches (NCMFC) for exposure to minority coaches, with two coaches from the D.C. and San Antonio markets participating in the program.[107]

Coaching changes

Of the eight head coaches in the XFL in 2020, only one, Arlington Renegades coach Bob Stoops, will return in the same position in 2023.

Coach changes for the 2023 XFL season
Team Departing coach Incoming coach Notes
DC Defenders Pep Hamilton Reggie Barlow Hamilton went 3–2 in his lone season as the Defenders' head coach. He left the XFL during the bankruptcy to become the quarterbacks coach of the National Football League's Los Angeles Chargers, later moving on to the Houston Texans.

Barlow has eight years of professional playing experience and had spent the previous 12 seasons coaching historically black colleges and universities, most recently the Virginia State Trojans.

Orlando Guardians Kevin Gilbride Terrell Buckley Gilbride went 3–2 in his lone season as New York's head coach. He had wanted to stay on with the league but was not retained.[108]

This is Buckley's first head coaching position. A 13-year veteran player in the NFL, Buckley had been a position coach at the college level the previous 15 seasons.

Houston Roughnecks June Jones Wade Phillips Jones had a perfect 5–0 season with the Roughnecks in 2020. He remained with the XFL and joined the Seattle coaching staff as offensive coordinator.

Phillips, son of famed Houston Oilers head coach Bum Phillips, had a long career as a coach in the NFL, including stops as head coach with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

St. Louis BattleHawks Jonathan Hayes Anthony Becht Hayes went 3–2 in his lone season as the BattleHawks' head coach. He joined Bob Stoops's staff in Arlington as offensive coordinator.

This is Becht's first head coaching position. With 11 years experience as an NFL player (including a single season with the St. Louis Rams), Becht has only one season of coaching experience at any level; he was tight ends coach for the AAF's San Diego Fleet in 2019.

Seattle Sea Dragons Jim Zorn Jim Haslett Zorn went 1–4 in his lone season as the Dragons' head coach.

Haslett, who spent six years as a player with the Buffalo Bills, has a long record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, with head coaching stints with the New Orleans Saints and the UFL's Florida Tuskers.

San Antonio Brahmas Hines Ward Ward had spent 14 seasons with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, had brief coaching stints with the New York Jets and Florida Atlantic University as a lower-level assistant. This is his first head coaching position.

The eighth head coach position Ward is filling is that of LA Wildcats coach Winston Moss, who went 2–3 in his lone season as head coach.

Vegas Vipers Marc Trestman Rod Woodson Trestman went 1–4 as the head coach in Tampa Bay. He was in discussions with the league about potentially returning as a coach if one of the other candidates bowed out, but this did not occur.

Woodson is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his 17-year playing career. He had a sporadic assistant coaching career, including four discontinuous seasons with the Oakland Raiders. This is his first head coaching position.

Rule changes

On December 8, 2022, the XFL announced it would be keeping its rulebook from the 2020 XFL season, with the following revisions:[109][110]

Standings

North Division[112]
Team W–L PCT GB TD+/- TD+ TD- DIV PF PA DIFF STK
(y) DC Defenders 9–1 .900 0 -2 33 35 6–0 298 240 58 W3
(x) Seattle Sea Dragons 7–3 .700 2 +10 30 20 3–3 243 177 66 W2
(e) St. Louis Battlehawks 7–3 .700 2 +9 32 23 3–3 249 202 47 W1
(e) Vegas Vipers 2–8 .200 7 0 28 28 0–6 184 252 -68 L3
South Division[112]
Team W–L PCT GB TD+/- TD+ TD- DIV PF PA DIFF STK
(y) Houston Roughnecks 7–3 .700 0 +4 30 26 6–0 247 182 65 W3
(x) Arlington Renegades 4–6 .400 3 -8 15 23 3–3 146 194 -48 L2
(e) San Antonio Brahmas 3–7 .300 4 -8 16 24 3–3 169 183 -14 L1
(e) Orlando Guardians 1–9 .100 6 -5 32 37 0–6 204 310 -106 L3
(x)–clinched playoff berth; (y)–clinched division; (e)–eliminated from playoff contention


Season structure

Preseason

On July 25, the league announced it had struck an agreement with Arlington, Texas, to serve as the league's centralized hub. The league will host training camps (much as Houston had done in the 2020 XFL season) and practices at various locations in Arlington[113] (Northwest ISD High School, Dragon Stadium, Vernon Newsom Stadium, and Choctaw Stadium),[114] but unlike the United States Football League did in its 2022 season, the XFL will play games in home cities and travel to each city on weekends for games and connection opportunities with the community.[115][116]

For the 2023 season each team trained at a different stadium in Arlington and share it with another team throughout the season as follows:[117]

While teams held joint practices,[118] the planned untelevised "informal scrimmages" for the league's TV partners, in order to conduct trial runs for their broadcasts, were cancelled as a result of a severe weather in the Dallas Metroplex area.[119]

Regular season

The league is divided into two divisions, North and South.[120][121] Each team was given a ten-game schedule with no bye weeks, playing two games against each division rival (one home and one away) and one game against each team in the other division.[122]

Postseason

The postseason will be a four-team playoff, with the top 2 teams in each division making the postseason. On February 19, it was announced that the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, will host the 2023 XFL Championship.[123][124]

Controversy

This format caused some criticism among league fans[citation needed] by the end of the regular season, as the Battlehawks finished their season with a 7–3 record and didn't make the playoffs over a 4–6 Arlington Renegades team (the playoff took the top two teams from each division instead of the division winners and then the next two best teams). Not only did the Battlehawks have three more wins than the Renegades, but they also beat the Renegades in their only meeting of the season. The same complains were heard about the tie-breaker rules, which were copied from the NFL.[125]

After the season, XFL President Russ Brandon addressed both issues: "We never thought we would get that far in the tie-breaker scenario (...) The key to anything is to keep things simple, so we'll have to clean that up (...) We'll evaluate the situation that happened this year with the playoff. looking back at it, more thought needs to go into it. that will be under review."[126]

Season schedule

All games stream on ESPN+ unless otherwise noted. Viewership figures for streaming platforms are released four weeks after the event.

Week 1

Week 1
Date Time
[127][128]
Away team Result
[129][130]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[132]
Rating
[133]
Refs
February 18 3:00 p.m. ET[134] Vegas Vipers 20 22 Arlington Renegades Choctaw Stadium 12,047 ABC 1.57 0.9 [135][136]
8:30 p.m. ET[137] Orlando Guardians 12 33 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 12,784 ESPN and FX 1.14 0.4 [138][139]
February 19 3:00 p.m. ET[140] St. Louis Battlehawks 18 15 San Antonio Brahmas Alamodome 24,245 ABC 1.53 0.9 [141][142]
8:00 p.m. ET[143] Seattle Sea Dragons 18 22 DC Defenders Audi Field 12,438 ESPN 0.92 0.5 [144][145]

Week 2

Week 2
Date Time
[146][147]
Away team Result
[148][149]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[150]
Rating
[151]
Refs
February 23 9:00 p.m. ET[152] St. Louis Battlehawks 20 18 Seattle Sea Dragons Lumen Field 10,386 FX 0.55 N/A [153][154]
February 25 7:00 p.m. ET[155] DC Defenders 18 6 Vegas Vipers Cashman Field 6,023 0.61 [156][157]
February 26 4:00 p.m. ET[158] San Antonio Brahmas 30 12 Orlando Guardians Camping World Stadium 12,011 ESPN 0.78 0.4 [159][160]
7:00 p.m. ET[161] Arlington Renegades 14 23 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 11,765 ESPN2 0.68 [162][163]

Week 3

Week 3
Date Time
[164][165]
Away team Result
[166][167]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[168]
Rating
[169]
Refs
March 4 7:00 p.m. ET[170] Seattle Sea Dragons 30 26 Vegas Vipers Cashman Field 6,037 FX 0.53 0.3 [171][172]
March 5 1:00 p.m. ET[173] St. Louis Battlehawks 28 34 DC Defenders Audi Field 16,212 0.67 0.4 [174][175]
4:00 p.m. ET[176] Orlando Guardians 9 10 Arlington Renegades Choctaw Stadium 12,006 0.55 0.3 [177][178]
8:00 p.m. ET[179] San Antonio Brahmas 13 22 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 11,309 ESPN2 0.54 [180][181]

Week 4

Week 4
Date Time
[182][183]
Away team Result
[184][185]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[186]
Rating
[187]
Refs
March 11 7:00 p.m. ET[188] Houston Roughnecks 44 16 Orlando Guardians Camping World Stadium 10,013 FX 0.40 0.2 [189][190]
10:00 p.m. ET[191] San Antonio Brahmas 6 15 Seattle Sea Dragons Lumen Field 15,103 0.34 [192][193]
March 12 4:00 p.m. ET[194] Arlington Renegades 11 24 St. Louis Battlehawks The Dome at America's Center 38,310[195] ESPN2 0.57 0.3 [196][197]
7:00 p.m. ET[198] Vegas Vipers 18 32 DC Defenders Audi Field 11,521 0.69 0.4 [199][200]

Week 5

Week 5
Date Time
[201][202]
Away team Result
[203][204]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[205]
Rating
[206]
Refs
March 16 10:30 p.m. ET[207] Houston Roughnecks 14 21 Seattle Sea Dragons Lumen Field 9,231 ESPN[W5 1] 0.26 0.2 [208][209]
March 18 7:00 p.m. ET[210] DC Defenders 28 20 St. Louis Battlehawks The Dome at America's Center 35,868 FX 0.32 [211][212]
10:00 p.m. ET[213] Orlando Guardians 32 35 Vegas Vipers Cashman Field 6,008 0.23 [214][215]
March 19 9:00 p.m. ET[216] Arlington Renegades 12 10 San Antonio Brahmas Alamodome 13,274 ESPN2[W5 2] 0.25 [217][218]
  1. ^ Game originally scheduled for a 9 p.m. ET start on FX but switched to 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN in an effort to put more games on more common cable networks.
  2. ^ Game originally scheduled for a 10 p.m. ET start on ESPN2 but switched to 9 p.m. ET in an effort to accommodate the time change.

Week 6

Week 6
Date Time
[219][220]
Away team Result
[221][222]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[223]
Rating
[224][225]
Refs
March 25 1:00 p.m. ET[226] Seattle Sea Dragons 26 19 Orlando Guardians Camping World Stadium 7,832 ABC[W6 1] 1.05 0.7 [227][228]
7:00 p.m. ET[229] St. Louis Battlehawks 29 6 Vegas Vipers Cashman Field 6,033 FX 0.37 0.2 [230][231]
March 26 3:00 p.m. ET[232] San Antonio Brahmas 15 9 Arlington Renegades Choctaw Stadium 12,368 ABC 0.75 0.5 [233][234]
March 27 7:00 p.m. ET[235] Houston Roughnecks 26 37 DC Defenders Audi Field 12,492 ESPN2[W6 2] 0.37 0.2 [236][237]
  1. ^ Game originally scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. ET start on ESPN but switched to 1 p.m. ET on ABC in an effort to put more games on broadcast television.
  2. ^ Game originally scheduled to be broadcast on FX but will air on ESPN2 in an effort to put more games on more common cable networks.

Week 7

Week 7
Date Time
[238][239]
Away team Result
[240][241]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[242]
Rating
[225]
Refs
March 31 7:00 p.m. ET[243] Seattle Sea Dragons 24 15 Arlington Renegades Choctaw Stadium 11,032 FX 0.18 N/A [244][245]
April 1 3:00 p.m. ET[246] San Antonio Brahmas 12 26 Vegas Vipers Cashman Field 6,041 ESPN2[W7 1] 0.36 0.2 [247][248]
6:00 p.m. ET[249] DC Defenders 36 37 Orlando Guardians Camping World Stadium 7,011 ESPN[W7 2] 0.37 [250][251]
April 2 2:00 p.m. ET[252] St. Louis Battlehawks 24 15 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 12,013 ESPN[W7 3] 0.50 0.3 [253][254]
  1. ^ Game originally scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN but will air on ESPN2.
  2. ^ Game originally scheduled to be broadcast on FX but will air on ESPN in an effort to put more games on more common cable networks.
  3. ^ Game originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET start on ESPN2 but switched to 2 p.m. ET on ESPN in an effort to put more games on more common cable networks.

Week 8

Week 8
Date Time
[255][256]
Away team Result
[257][258]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[259]
Rating
[260]
Refs
April 8 1:00 p.m. ET[261] Vegas Vipers 17 21 (OT) St. Louis Battlehawks The Dome at America's Center 35,167 ESPN 0.87 0.5 [262][263]
4:00 p.m. ET[264] Arlington Renegades 18 16 Orlando Guardians Camping World Stadium 7,789 0.68 0.4 [265][266]
April 9 3:00 p.m. ET[267] Houston Roughnecks 17 (OT) 15 San Antonio Brahmas Alamodome 12,243 ABC 1.01 0.5 [268][269]
7:00 p.m. ET[270] DC Defenders 34 33 Seattle Sea Dragons Lumen Field 11,874 ESPN2 0.49 0.3 [271][272]

Week 9

Week 9
Date Time
[273][274]
Away team Result
[275][276]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[277]
Rating
[278]
Refs
April 15 12:30 p.m. ET[279] Vegas Vipers 21 28 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 10,967 ABC 0.88 0.5 [280][281]
7:00 p.m. ET[282] Orlando Guardians 23 25 San Antonio Brahmas Alamodome 13,023 ESPN2 0.24 0.1 [283][284]
April 16 12:00 p.m. ET[285] Arlington Renegades 26 28 DC Defenders Audi Field 18,684 ESPN 0.67 0.4 [286][287]
3:00 p.m. ET[288] Seattle Sea Dragons 30 12 St. Louis Battlehawks The Dome at America's Center 33,142 0.57 0.3 [289][290]

Week 10

Week 10
Date Time
[291][292]
Away team Result
[293][294]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[295]
Rating
[296]
Refs
April 22 12:00 p.m. ET[297] Orlando Guardians 28 53 St. Louis Battlehawks The Dome at America's Center 33,034 ESPN 0.76 0.4 [298][299]
3:00 p.m. ET[300] DC Defenders 29 28 San Antonio Brahmas Alamodome 12,129 ABC 0.83 0.5 [301][302]
April 23 3:00 p.m. ET[303] Houston Roughnecks 25 9 Arlington Renegades Choctaw Stadium 12,821 ESPN 0.40 0.2 [304][305]
7:00 p.m. ET[306] Vegas Vipers 9 28 Seattle Sea Dragons Lumen Field 15,046 ESPN2[W10 1] 0.38 [307][308]
  1. ^ Game originally scheduled for a 9 p.m. ET start on ESPN2 but switched to 7 p.m. ET in an effort to accommodate the time change.

Playoffs

The playoffs started on April 29 and 30 and ended with the championship game on May 13. The North and South Semifinals were hosted by the respective division winners.[309][310] The XFL Championship Game was played at the Alamodome.[123][124]

Division Finals
April 29–30, 2023
XFL Championship
May 13, 2023
      
N1 DC Defenders 37
N2 Seattle Sea Dragons 21
N1 DC Defenders 26
S2 Arlington Renegades 35
S1 Houston Roughnecks 11
S2 Arlington Renegades 26
Division Finals
Date Time
[311][312]
Away team Result
[313][314]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[315]
Rating
[316]
Refs
April 29 7:00 p.m. ET[317] Arlington Renegades 26 11 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 13,558 ESPN[W11 1] 0.68 0.4 [318][319]
April 30 3:00 p.m. ET[320] Seattle Sea Dragons 21 37 DC Defenders Audi Field 18,684 ESPN 0.48 0.3 [321][322]
  1. ^ Game originally scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 but will air on ESPN in an effort to put more games on more common cable networks.
XFL Championship
Date Time
[323][324]
Away team Result
[325][326]
Home team Stadium Attendance[131] Broadcast Viewership
(millions)[327]
Rating
[328]
Refs
May 13 8:00 p.m. ET[329] Arlington Renegades 35 26 DC Defenders Alamodome 22,754 ABC 1.40 0.8 [330][331]

Reference:[332][333][334][335][336]

Attendance

Announced attendance figures for each home game.[131] In the weekly columns, dashes (—) indicate away games, while bold font indicates the highest attendance of the week.

Team / Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Division Finals Championship Total Average
Arlington Renegades 12,047 12,006 12,368 11,032 12,821 60,274 12,055
DC Defenders 12,438 16,212 11,521 12,492 18,684 18,684 22,754 (San Antonio) 112,785 16,112
Houston Roughnecks 12,784 11,765 11,309 12,013 10,967 13,558 72,396 12,066
Orlando Guardians 12,011 10,013 7,832 7,011 7,789 44,656 8,931
San Antonio Brahmas 24,245 13,274 12,243 13,023 12,129 74,914 14,983
Seattle Sea Dragons 10,386 15,103 9,231 11,874 15,046 61,640 12,328
St. Louis Battlehawks 38,310 35,868 35,167 33,142 33,034 175,521 35,104
Vegas Vipers 6,023 6,037 6,008 6,033 6,041 30,142 6,028
Total 61,514 40,185 45,564 74,947 64,381 38,725 36,097 67,073 75,816 73,030 32,242 22,754 632,328  
Average 15,379 10,046 11,391 18,737 16,095 9,681 9,024 16,768 18,954 18,258 16,121 22,754   14,705

Awards

Players of the week

In the 2020 XFL season the league awarded a weekly award called "The Star of the Week". In the 2023 season, the league did not employ the same system. However, some independent media companies recognized offensive, defensive, and special teams players each week.

OurSports Central

Week Offensive Player Defensive Player Unsung Hero[ST 1] Refs.
Player Pos. Team Player Pos. Team Player Pos. Team
1 A. J. McCarron QB Battlehawks Trent Harris OLB Roughnecks Austin Proehl WR Battlehawks [337]
2 Jack Coan QB Brahmas LaCale London DL Battlehawks Donny Hageman K Battlehawks [338]
3 Ben DiNucci QB Sea Dragons Davin Bellamy DL Defenders Josh Gordon WR Sea Dragons [339]
4 Brandon Silvers QB Roughnecks Tuzar Skipper OLB Sea Dragons D'Eriq King QB Defenders [340]
5 Abram Smith RB Defenders Pita Taumoepenu OLB Vipers Michael Joseph CB Defenders [341]
6 A. J. McCarron (2) QB Battlehawks Santos Ramirez S Defenders Antoine Brooks S Sea Dragons [342]
7 Quinten Dormady QB Guardians Pita Taumoepenu (2) OLB Vipers Cody Latimer TE Guardians [343]
8 Jordan Ta'amu QB Defenders Will Clarke DL Renegades Brian Hill RB Battlehawks [344]
9 Ben DiNucci (2) QB Sea Dragons Drew Beesley DL Brahmas Josh Hammond WR Defenders [345]
10 A. J. McCarron (3) QB Battlehawks Tavante Beckett ILB Roughnecks Jordan Ta'amu QB Defenders [346]
Division Championship Luis Perez QB Renegades Donald Payne ILB Renegades Cam'Ron Harris RB Defenders [347]

XFLBoard.com

Week Offensive Player Defensive Player Special Teams Player[ST 1] Refs.
Player Pos. Team Player Pos. Team Player Pos. Team
1 Austin Proehl WR Battlehawks Trent Harris OLB Roughnecks Taylor Russolino K Renegades [348]
2 Jack Coan QB Brahmas Mike Lee S Guardians LuJuan Winningham WR Renegades [349]
3 Josh Gordon WR Sea Dragons Davin Bellamy DL Defenders Darrius Shepherd WR Battlehawks [350]
4 D'Eriq King QB Defenders Luq Barcoo CB Brahmas John Parker Romo K Brahmas [351]
5 Abram Smith RB Defenders Ajene Harris CB Roughnecks Darrius Shepherd (2) WR Battlehawks [352]
6 A. J. McCarron QB Battlehawks Santos Ramirez S Defenders Kelvin McKnight WR Sea Dragons [353]
7 Quinten Dormady QB Guardians Pita Taumoepenu OLB Vipers Fred Brown WR Brahmas [354]
8 Juwan Green WR Sea Dragons Will Clarke DL Renegades Gary Jennings Jr. WR Battlehawks [355]
9 Ben DiNucci QB Sea Dragons Drew Beesley DL Brahmas Mac Brown P Guardians [356]
10 A. J. McCarron (2) QB Battlehawks Tavante Beckett ILB Roughnecks Pooka Williams Jr. RB Defenders [357]
Division Championship Luis Perez QB Renegades Donald Payne ILB Renegades Pooka Williams Jr. (2) RB Defenders [358]

XFL News Hub

Week Offensive Player Defensive Player Special Teams Player[ST 1] Refs.
Player Pos. Team Player Pos. Team Player Pos. Team
1 Deontay Burnett WR Roughnecks Trent Harris OLB Roughnecks Taylor Russolino K Renegades [359]
2 A. J. McCarron QB Battlehawks Max Roberts OLB Vipers Brad Wing P Brahmas [360]
3 Ben DiNucci QB Sea Dragons Davin Bellamy DL Defenders Darrius Shepherd WR Battlehawks [361]
4 Brandon Silvers QB Roughnecks Luq Barcoo CB Brahmas Matthew McCrane K Defenders [362]
5 Abram Smith RB Defenders Pita Taumoepenu OLB Vipers Darrius Shepherd (2) WR Battlehawks [363]
6 A. J. McCarron (2) QB Battlehawks Jordan Williams OLB Brahmas Kelvin McKnight WR Sea Dragons [364]
7 Quinten Dormady QB Guardians Delontae Scott DL Brahmas Fred Brown WR Brahmas [365]
8 Jordan Ta'amu QB Defenders Will Clarke DL Renegades Sterling Hofrichter P Battlehawks [366]
9 Ben DiNucci (2) QB Sea Dragons Drew Beesley DL Brahmas Mac Brown P Guardians [367]
10 A. J. McCarron (3) QB Battlehawks Tavante Beckett ILB Roughnecks Pooka Williams Jr. RB Defenders [368]
Division Championship JaVonta Payton WR Renegades Donald Payne ILB Renegades Pooka Williams Jr. (2) RB Defenders [369]
  1. ^ a b c OurSports Central awarded the "Unsung Hero" award while other publications awarded the "Special Teams Player" award.

Season Awards

Season Awards
Award Winner Position Team Ref.
Coach of the Year Reggie Barlow HC Defenders [370]
Offensive Player of the Year Jordan Ta'amu QB Defenders [371]
Defensive Player of the Year Pita Taumoepenu LB Vipers [372]
Special Teams Player of the Year Darrius Shepherd WR/KR Battlehawks [373]
All-XFL Team
Position Player Team
QB Jordan Ta'amu Defenders
RB Abram Smith Defenders
WR Deontay Burnett Roughnecks
Hakeem Butler Battlehawks
Lucky Jackson Defenders
Jahcour Pearson Sea Dragons
TE Cody Latimer Guardians
OT Jaryd Jones-Smith Battlehawks
Colin Kelly Sea Dragons
OG Liam Fornadell Defenders
Steven Gonzalez Battlehawks
C Alex Mollette Roughnecks
Mike Panasiuk Battlehawks
DL Drew Beesley Brahmas
Davin Bellamy Defenders
Austin Faoliu Sea Dragons
Jack Heflin Roughnecks
Davonte Lambert Renegades
Caeveon Patton Guardians
Delontae Scott Brahmas
LB Trent Harris Roughnecks
Pita Tamoepenu Vipers
Jordan Williams Brahmas
DB Deontay Anderson Vipers
Luq Barcoo Brahmas
Ajene Harris Roughnecks
Lavert Hill Battlehawks
Michael Joseph Defenders
P Daniel Whelan Defenders
K John Parker Romo Brahmas
KR/PR Darrius Shepherd Battlehawks

Statistical leaders

2023 XFL statistical leaders
Category Player Team Stat
Offense
Passing yards Ben DiNucci Sea Dragons 2,671
Rushing yards Abram Smith Defenders 791
Receiving yards Jahcour Pearson Sea Dragons 670
Touchdowns A. J. McCarron Battlehawks 25
Defense
Tackles Jordan Williams Brahmas 89
Sacks Trent Harris Roughnecks 9.5
Interceptions Ajene Harris Roughnecks 5
Special teams
Return yards Kelvin McKnight Sea Dragons 983
Field goals made John Parker Romo Brahmas 17
Punting average Brad Wing Brahmas 47.8

League finances

On August 3, 2020, it was reported that a consortium led by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Gerry Cardinale (through Cardinale's fund RedBird Capital Partners) purchased the XFL for $15 million (plus over $9.2 million in debts and payments) just hours before an auction could take place; the purchase received court approval on August 7, 2020.[374][375] The XFL's parent company originally listed the league with assets and liabilities in the range of $10 million to $50 million.[376][377]

On August 8, 2022, it was first reported that the XFL was looking for new equity investors in the league. The league has retained PJT Partners to help with the search and raise $125 million in equity funding, while new investors could own up to 45% of the XFL.[378]

Forbes reported in June 2023 that the XFL had spent approximately $140 million in expenses over the course of the 2023 season and earned $80 million in gross revenue, roughly $20 million of which came from its broadcast contract with ESPN. The league estimated an increase in revenue to $100 million for the 2024 season and profitability by 2026.[379] According to several reports, the XFL marketing budget was $120,000 for the 2023 season.[380]

Business partnerships

The XFL had announced on the following "Official Partners": Under Armour as the league's official uniform and equipment partner,[381] Ticketmaster the official ticketing partner,[382] Westgate Resorts the official resort,[383] Progressive as the official auto insurance sponsor,[384] SMT as the official scoring and stats provider,[385] Genius Sports as the official betting data distributor,[386] BOLT6 as official instant replay partner,[387] Ryzer as the official mindset testing partner[388] and Teremana Tequila as the "league's official and exclusive tequila partner".[389] The agreement with Under Armour would later expand, when the league announced an "expansive multi-year partnership".[390]

The XFL also announced the following partnerships: Catapult Sports for performing technology,[391] BreakAway Data for performance, training, recovery and player health data[392] and Virtual Tables partnership to "incorporate their DigiSign product into the league's fan engagement offerings".[393]

The league signed a three-year agreement with the city of Arlington, Texas, and Choctaw Stadium to be their centralized operations hub for preseason and in-week training for the league's eight teams.[394][395]

Orlando Guardians signed a sponsorship agreement with "Miracle Toyota" dealership.[396]

Media

Broadcasting

In May 2022, the XFL announced it had signed an exclusive agreement with ESPN Inc. and The Walt Disney Company to carry every XFL game across ESPN's platforms, ABC, and FX. The deal runs through 2027 and worth between $100 million and $150 million.[397][398] ESPN Inc. received an unspecified stake in the league as part of the contract, which Johnson confirmed carried a rights fee payment.[399]

The league's schedule was released January 5, 2023. FX carried the majority of games through the first seven weeks of the season, including a marquee Saturday evening matchup most weeks during that time frame, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC assuming the full schedule from Week 8 onward. In all, FX carried 11 games total (down from the original 14 games), ESPN carried 12 regular season games (up from 10 previously), ESPN2 carried 9 regular season games (down from 10 previously), ABC carried 7 regular season games (up from 6 previously), FX and ESPN simulcasted one Week 1 regular season game, and ESPN aired both semi finals games and ABC aired the final (ESPN2 was originally scheduled to air a semifinal game but it was moved over to ESPN).[26] The ESPN+ streaming service will stream all of the league's games, while ESPN3 will simulcast ABC games, ESPN's TV Everywhere service will carry games simulcast on ESPN and ESPN2, with FX NOW app simulcasting FX games.[400][401] In January 2023, ESPN announced its commentator teams for the 2023 season.[402] ESPN Deportes will broadcast 13 regular season game schedule (1 game each on most weeks), Along with all playoff games which will offer Spanish-language coverage of games aired and will be led by play-by-play commentator Rebeca Landa and analyst Sergio Dipp.[403]

ESPN will also host an XFL studio show called XFL Today during the season, with Jason Fitz, Skubie Mageza and Andrew Hawkins.[404]

The league announced via Twitter that radio broadcasts of XFL games would be carried on Sirius XM on ESPN Xtra radio.[405] There will be no terrestrial radio broadcasts in teams' home markets, with the league stating that it had approached radio stations in each city but had found that none were able to accommodate their hometown teams due to existing commitments to other local teams.[406]

Viewership

In millions of viewers[407]

Broadcaster 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Division finals Championship
game
Total Average
ABC 1.6 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 1.4 9.1 1.1
1.5 0.8
ESPN 0.8 0.8 0.3 0.4 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.7 9.1 0.7
1.0 0.5 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.5
ESPN2 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.4 4.7 0.5
0.7
FX 0.4 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.2 5.2 0.4
0.6 0.7 0.3 0.2
0.6
Total 5.3 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.1 2.7 1.5 3.1 2.4 2.4 1.2 1.4 28.1  
Average 5.0 2.3 1.9 1.8 1.0 2.4 1.4 2.7 2.3 2.1 1.0 1.4   0.6

* One decimal place is shown in table but three decimal places are used in all calculations.
* Viewership figures for games streaming on ESPN+ were not released.

International broadcasters

In Latin America, the 2023 season will be televised by ESPN and its streaming and on-demand platform Star+.

In Canada, the 2023 season will be broadcast in English solely online through TSN+, a new subscription over-the-top service being launched by TSN. Games carried on ABC will still be available on traditional television in portions of the country via antenna, cable and satellite systems.[408]

In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the 2023 and 2024 seasons will be broadcast by Sport1 and its pay-TV channel Sport1+.[409]

"Player 54"

On February the league and ESPN announced a collaboration on a new original nine-part docuseries directed by Peter Berg, called "Player 54: Chasing the XFL Dream", which "chronicles the building of the XFL and follows the unique stories of players and coaches throughout the inaugural season".[410][411] The first episode, an encore of the episode airing at ABC (it originally aired on ESPN2), averaged 696,000 viewers.[412] The show got mixed reviews, while some complained about the broadcasting schedule with minimal advertising from ESPN.[413]

Reception

The XFL's second return to play began with a game between the Vegas Vipers and Arlington Renegades on Saturday, February 18, 2023.[414] The first week of games received tentative praise, with Bill Shea of The Athletic grading the return a B− in an article titled "I watched the XFL 3.0 so you don't have to (but you should!): The key takeaways."[415] Also, the Battlehawks game against the Brahmas got international headlines, after come-from-behind improbable win for St. Louis that include a 3-point conversion.[416]

However, TV ratings declined in comparison to the XFL's 2020 debut,[417] as some blamed it on the league's promotional tactics.[418] 1.54 million people watched the first game in 2023, down from the 3.3 million who watched the first game aired on ABC in 2020.[419] Week 2's ratings again lagged as the games were the first to not air on broadcast television (as in 2020 at least two games aired on broadcast television each week).[420]

After the Vegas Vipers' home opener many fans began to question the decision to play in Las Vegas, as a result of a local rainstorm causing the field condition in Cashman Field to be "unplayable" while the announced attendance of 6,023 people dwindled as the game progressed,[421] with some calling it a "disaster of optics" after the field's dead grass had to be spray-painted green[422] and others even went as far as calling it a "literal dump".[423] XFL President Russ Brandon addressed the issue a day later, stating: "We have no concerns over the Vegas Vipers' field. They'll continue to work on it, the cosmetic side of it, but the field is sound."[424]

On March 12, the St. Louis BattleHawks eclipsed their own previously set attendance record from 2020 with 38,310 spectators at their first home game of the season, a game against the Arlington Renegades.[195]

In an interview with USA Today on March 27, Garcia and Johnson stated that they were very pleased with the execution of the league so far, and that there were already plans for a 2024 XFL football season.[425] After the 2023 XFL Championship Game ESPN's vice president of programming and acquisitions, Tim Reed, expressed satisfaction with the viewership results.[426]

Signees to the NFL

NFL teams were permitted to request tryouts of XFL players beginning the day following a players’ club's last game of the season, including playoffs. NFL teams could also negotiate with the players, but were unable to sign the player until May 15, two days after the conclusion of the XFL championship game. XFL players were also eligible to attend NFL post-draft rookie minicamps on a tryout basis.[427] Three players - Willie Taylor III, Harrison Frost and Marco Domio - were eligible for the 2023 NFL draft, but none were selected.[428]

More than 200 players who played in the 2023 XFL season earned invitations to workout for NFL teams, while 63 of them signed contracts. One player (Daniel Whelan) started the 2023 NFL season on active 53-man NFL roster, one other player (Austin Faoliu) started the season on the PUP list, while 3 other players started the season on practice squad.[429][430]

Legend
Made an NFL team (active, practice squad or PUP)
Bold Made the active roster

Note the following list notes the status of players as of August 29, 2023, the final day for NFL teams to make preseason cuts.

Player Position XFL team Date NFL team Ref.
Ben DiNucci QB Seattle Sea Dragons May 15 Denver Broncos [431]
Jacques Patrick RB San Antonio Brahmas May 15 Denver Broncos/Tennessee Titans/New York Jets [432][433]
Barry Wesley OT Seattle Sea Dragons May 15 Atlanta Falcons [434]
Luq Barcoo CB San Antonio Brahmas May 15 Pittsburgh Steelers [435][436]
Bryce Thompson S Seattle Sea Dragons May 15 Miami Dolphins [437]
Lukas Denis S St. Louis Battlehawks May 15 Atlanta Falcons [438]
C. J. Brewer DT Houston Roughnecks May 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [439]
LaCale London DT St. Louis Battlehawks May 15 Atlanta Falcons [440]
Jack Heflin DT Houston Roughnecks May 15 New Orleans Saints [441]
John Parker Romo K San Antonio Brahmas May 15 Detroit Lions/Chicago Bears [442]
Niko Lalos DE Seattle Sea Dragons May 15 New Orleans Saints [443]
Austin Faoliu DL Seattle Sea Dragons May 15 Seattle Seahawks [444][445]
Antwuan Jackson DL Seattle Sea Dragons May 15 Carolina Panthers [444]
Jordan Thomas TE/LB Orlando Guardians May 16 Carolina Panthers [446]
Gary Jennings WR St. Louis Battlehawks May 16 Carolina Panthers [447]
Jaryd Jones-Smith OT St. Louis Battlehawks May 16 Washington Commanders [448]
Charleston Rambo WR Orlando Guardians May 16 Philadelphia Eagles [449]
Hakeem Butler WR St. Louis Battlehawks May 16 Pittsburgh Steelers [450]
Alize Mack TE San Antonio Brahmas May 17 Tennessee Titans [444]
Willie Taylor III LB Arlington Renegades May 17 Jacksonville Jaguars [444]
Daniel Whelan P DC Defenders May 17 Green Bay Packers [444]
Ferrod Gardner LB DC Defenders May 22 Washington Commanders [444]
Lucky Jackson WR DC Defenders May 23 Minnesota Vikings [444]
Brandon Dillon TE Vegas Vipers May 30 Washington Commanders [444]
Marcell Ateman WR St. Louis Battlehawks June 1 Buffalo Bills [444]
Darrius Shepherd WR St. Louis Battlehawks June 1 Los Angeles Chargers [444]
Brandon Smith WR DC Defenders June 12 Arizona Cardinals [444]
Kobe Smith DE San Antonio Brahmas June 16 New York Giants [444]
Chris Blair WR DC Defenders June 16 Atlanta Falcons [444]
Rex Sunahara LS San Antonio Brahmas June 19 Pittsburgh Steelers [444]
Darren Evans CB Arlington Renegades July 18 New York Giants [451]
Jack Snyder OG Houston Roughnecks July 24 Minnesota Vikings [452]
Kevin Atkins DT St. Louis Battlehawks July 26 New York Giants [453]
Michael Bandy WR Houston Roughnecks July 28 Denver Broncos [454]
Reid Sinnett QB San Antonio Brahmas July 29 Cincinnati Bengals [455]
John Lovett RB Vegas Vipers July 31 Pittsburgh Steelers [456]
Liam Ryan OT DC Defenders July 31 Seattle Seahawks [457]
Mike Rose ILB St. Louis Battlehawks August 3 Miami Dolphins [458]
Caeveon Patton DT Orlando Guardians August 3 Atlanta Falcons [458]
Mathew Sexton WR Vegas Vipers August 3 Atlanta Falcons/New England Patriots/Miami Dolphins [458]
Matthew Gotel DT San Antonio Brahmas August 3 Atlanta Falcons/Seattle Seahawks [458][459]
Michal Menet C Seattle Sea Dragons August 3 Atlanta Falcons [458]
Abram Smith RB DC Defenders August 3 Minnesota Vikings [458]
Derrick Kelly OG San Antonio Brahmas August 4 Cleveland Browns [460]
Jontre Kirklin WR Houston Roughnecks August 5 New Orleans Saints [461][462]
Charles Wiley OLB Houston Roughnecks August 7 Cleveland Browns [463]
Bruce Hector DT Arlington Renegades August 7 New York Jets/Houston Texans [464]
Pita Taumoepenu OLB Vegas Vipers August 7 New York Jets [465]
Nate Meadors S St. Louis Battlehawks August 12 Cleveland Browns/Pittsburgh Steelers [466]
Victor Bolden WR Arlington Renegades August 12 Houston Texans [467]
Alex Mollette C Houston Roughnecks August 14 Detroit Lions [468]
Carson Wells LB St. Louis Battlehawks August 14 New England Patriots [469]
Lavert Hill CB St. Louis Battlehawks August 14 Pittsburgh Steelers [470]
Delontae Scott DE San Antonio Brahmas August 15 Atlanta Falcons [471]
Tomasi Laulile DE Arlington Renegades August 18 San Francisco 49ers/Denver Broncos [472][473]
Jordan Ta'amu QB DC Defenders August 18 Minnesota Vikings [472]
Garrett McGhin OG Arlington Renegades August 20 Buffalo Bills [474]
Brian Hill RB St. Louis Battlehawks August 21 San Francisco 49ers [475][476]
Elijah Hamilton CB St. Louis Battlehawks August 21 Green Bay Packers [477]
Sal Cannella TE Arlington Renegades August 21 Seattle Seahawks [478]
Juwan Green WR Seattle Sea Dragons August 21 Kansas City Chiefs [478]
Josh Hammond WR DC Defenders August 21 Denver Broncos [478]
Doug Costin DT Arlington Renegades August 21 Las Vegas Raiders [479]
A. J. McCarron QB St. Louis Battlehawks September 23 Cincinnati Bengals [480]
Brad Wing P San Antonio Brahmas September 27 Pittsburgh Steelers [481]
Martavis Bryant WR Vegas Vipers November 7 Dallas Cowboys [482]
Drew Plitt QB Arlington Renegades November 20 Cincinnati Bengals [483]
Alex Matheson LS St. Louis Battlehawks December 26 Los Angeles Rams [484]

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