The XFL has signed three quarterbacks ahead of a supplemental round to the team’s inaugural draft.
The XFL signed the quarterbacks on Friday and revealed that Josh Johnson was among those signed. The other quarterbacks are Taylor Heinicke and Chase Litton. The signing of the three players raises the total number of league-distributed quarterbacks to 11.
Last month, the XFL released its inaugural schedule for the 2020 season. Most players will be picked through the inaugural draft by different teams in the league. The XFL has however taken it upon itself to assign its top-level quarterbacks to ensure balance. It assigned players like Landry Jones to Dallas Renegades, Matt McGloin to New York Guardians, and Cardale Jones to DC Defenders.
The compensation of some XFL quarterbacks may be as much as $500,000 if they hit all available bonuses. The total earnings of the average XFL quarterback may likely come to about $125,000 while players at other positions will earn the standard base salary of $27,000 per year. For average non-quarterbacks, their compensation may come to $55,000 with bonuses included.
In 2018, XFL new quarterback Josh Johnson started three games for the Redskins. The 33-year-old also played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals. He will now be joining the Los Angeles Wildcats. Taylor Heinicke will join the St. Louis BattleHawks and Chase Litton will join the Seattle Dragons. Before they got signed, Heinicke was an NFL backup for parts of four seasons while Litton was on NFL practice squads for parts of the past two seasons.
The supplemental draft released on Friday by the XFL included many popular names such as Terrence Williams, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and Marquette King, former Oakland Raiders punter. Both of them were sent to St. Louis. The training camp for all eight XFL teams which is expected to run for three weeks will open in January in the Houston area. The XFL’s first-weekend game is scheduled to hold from Feb. 8-9, 2020.