While the XFL season was cut short thanks to the coronavirus, one of the upstart league’s best players just got himself an NFL contract.

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PJ Walker has agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers. The move will reunite him with coach Matt Rhule, who coached Walker at Temple.

Walker was one of the XFL’s top players this season and led the Houston Roughnecks to a 5-0 record before the season prematurely ended. He led the league in passing yards (1,338 yards) and touchdown passes (15).


Walker joins a Panthers team in the midst of a quarterback transition. Former NFL MVP Cam Newton will be gone. All this means we could see a real quarterback battle between Walker and newly signed Teddy Bridgewater.

Looks like Walker’s gamble to play in the XFL turned out to be a true win for the young quarterback.