With the NFL season now complete and the offseason underway, Philadelphia has one of the longest lists of players getting another chance in the new eight-team XFL, which begins today with two games played on Saturday, February 18 and two more on Sunday, February 19.
Initially founded in 2001, the XFL was a joint collaboration between NBC and WWF (WWE), headed by Vince McMahon. After a good start, low ratings eventually led to the league lasting just one season. The league returned in 2020, with McMahon again leading the restart, but had to close its doors again after COVID-19 shut things down after just five weeks.
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The league went bankrupt and was forced to sell.
A group headed by Dany Garcia that included Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson then bought the league out of bankruptcy for $15 million, considering 2023 as his comeback season. For cost-saving measures, each XFL team will train in Arlington, Texas, traveling only on game days.
The league is scheduled for 10 weeks before a two-round playoff that begins later this spring on Saturday, May 13.
Eagles fans tuning in to the XFL season will see 17 players tied to the midnight green.
The league consists of eight teams that are divided into North and South divisions. Here’s a look at each team, what division they’re in, and who will coach them in 2023.
DC Defenders — head coach: Reggie Barlow
Seattle Sea Dragons — Head Coach: Jim Haslett
St. Louis Battlehawks — Head Coach: Anthony Becht
Vegas Vipers — Head Coach: Rod Woodson
Arlington Renegades – Head Coach: Bob Stoops
Houston Roughnecks — Head Coach: Wade Phillips
Orlando Guardians — Head Coach: Terrell Buckley
San Antonio Brahmas — Head coach: Hines Ward
At Central Florida, Killins finished his college career with 2,459 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns.
Killins was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft and spent the year on the practice squad.
Burnett, a training camp favorite this summer, played in 2 games and had 3 receptions for 19 yards.
Sinnett, the biggest name in the group, was once considered a key development piece after being signed away from the Dolphins.
Bausby signed with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in 2017 and earned a ring in 2018 as a member of the Super Bowl 52 squad.
Hawkins spent time with the Eagles during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The run-packed defensive tackle signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida in 2018.
Hector has had two seasons with Philadelphia, while also playing for the Lions, Titans and Panthers.
Hammond signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and spent time with the Eagles last summer.
Harris spent time with the Eagles in 2019 during rookie minicamp in May, but they didn’t sign him until training camp.
The former defensive tackle for the Washington Huskies was selected in the sixth round (214th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Vincent Jr. was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of LSU and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Juriga signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of West Michigan in 2020.
A local product from Newark, Delaware, Bunche was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, following the 2015 NFL Draft after playing college football at Miami and UCLA.
Wing, a former Australian rules soccer player, was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after playing collegiately at LSU.
A former Washington Huskie who was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Perkins spent time with Philadelphia in 2018, spending two seasons with the Eagles.
During the memorable 2019 stretch, Perkins caught his first touchdown since 2016 after catching a 24-yard TD pass from quarterback Carson Wentz, helping the Eagles win 34-17 over the Giants and capture the NFC title. This.
A journeyman for Texas A&M University-Commerce, Perez won the Harlon Hill Trophy in 2017 as the top football player in NCAA Division II and led the Lions to their second National Football Championship during the 2017 season, their first since 1972.
Perez spent time with the AAF Rams and Birmingham Irons before joining the Eagles in 2019.
Jones played college football for the University of Florida and was later drafted by Washington in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
A 2018 camp participant for Philadelphia, he was eventually released before the start of the 2018 regular season.
Jones has also played for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis BattleHawks.