Steelers have now signed a total of nine former XFL players
By Adam Patrick
Since the folding of the XFL earlier this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to sign a number of players who participated in the league.
Back in March, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to come to terms with defensive lineman Cavon Walker who had just spent his last few months playing in the reboot of the XFL. Since then the Steelers have signed eight additional players who also spent time in the most recent version of the XFL.
On Thursday, Pittsburgh announced the additions of four more players to their roster and three of them, you guessed it, played in the XFL.
The Steelers’ newest signings from the recently deceased football league include defensive back Arrion Springs, center John Keenoy, and offensive tackle Anthony Coyle. Pittsburgh also added defensive back Breon Borders to their current roster who spent some time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins in 2019.
All three of the Steelers’ newest additions from the XFL have had brief stints in the NFL as well. Springs was given opportunities by the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and New Orleans Saints. Keenoy spent some time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019 and Coyle has had stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Texans.
These three join Walker and five other former XFL players that have been given a chance to compete for a spot on Pittsburgh’s 2020 roster. The Steelers’ five other signings from the XFL this offseason include wide receiver Saeed Blacknall, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, long snapper/linebacker Christian Kuntz, safety Tyree Kinnel, and offensive lineman Jarron Jones.
To say that Pittsburgh has been very active when it comes to signing former XFL players would be quite the understatement.
A total of 23 players from the defunct league have been signed to NFL contracts recently and the Steelers have added 39 percent of them. Atlanta and Pittsburgh are the only two teams who have signed more than two former XFL players this offseason.