The inaugural season of the relaunched XFL is officially over.
Commissioner Oliver Luck sent out a statement Friday afternoon announcing the league would be canceling the remainder of its games in the 2020 season due to the growing concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The league had suspended play last Friday.
"The COVID-19 pandemic, and the most recent local and state regulations, have left the XFL no choice but to officially cancel the remainder of the 2020 season," Luck wrote. "This decision has been made with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority."
The XFL's thank you letter did state that the league does plan to return in 2021 and play a full schedule. However, several of the stars in this year's XFL won't be playing in the league next year. That's because there will likely multiple NFL teams interested in signing them.
Despite the global pandemic, NFL free agency has been business as usual, operating as scheduled. And for those XFL players that hope to be signed by and NFL team, they will soon be eligible.
According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, XFL players will be able to sign with NFL clubs starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 23.
Update: After working through procedures, the NFL says XFL players can begin signing at 9 a.m. Eastern Monday. https://t.co/hzieWvbxyi— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 20, 2020
XFL stars like former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson, as well as many others, the chance to sign with NFL teams way earlier than they could have under normal circumstances, as the XFL was slated to play through May.
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