Three Players Who Could Join the CFL from XFL

With the XFL now closed for the season, a number of players from the American league have been linked with a move, or in some cases, a return, to the Canadian Football League. We have taken a look at three players you may see in a CFL jersey later in 2020.

S.J. Green

S.J. Green has a wealth of experience in the Canadian Football League. He has featured for Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts, and earlier this year he signed for Seattle Dragons.

Green is one of the best players to come out of the South Florida college programme. The Bulls, who are as big as 1500/1 in the American football odds for the championship next season, gave the Texan the chance to develop between 2003 and 2005.

The wide receiver’s rights were traded to the Tampa Bay Vipers for Korey Troomer back in February in what was deemed as a big coup by the Florida franchise. A move to the sunshine state was desirable for the veteran as he wanted to hook up with his former coach Marc Trestman.

Green sits 15th in the all-time receiving yards list (10,222) in the CFL, while he is 12th in the most receptions (716). A return to Canada could see him improve on those two standings.

With 60 touchdowns to his name in his career in the CFL, the 34-year-old is unlikely to be short of interest. Green recorded four TDs in 2019 and had 1039 receiving yards. Many franchises would be delighted to snap up a player who can deliver those numbers on offence in 2020.

PJ Walker

The player who stood out the most in the inaugural XFL league was Houston Roughnecks quarterback PJ Walker. He led the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Walker spent two years with the Indianapolis Colts between 2017 and 2019 on their practice squad. He has not just been linked with a move to the CFL, but some NFL franchises are also thought to be considering the 25-year-old.

In 2016, Walker helped the Temple Owls win their first conference title in 49 years. If the QB did choose to switch to the CFL, it would be a huge signing for the league.

Derek Dennis

Derek Dennis played 72 games in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He opted to switch to the XFL earlier this year though, to sign for Team 9 and then New York Guardians.

The CFL’s most outstanding offensive lineman in 2016, has been linked with a return to Canada now, with his former team Calgary thought to be his most likely destination.

Dennis has said he is open to returning to the CFL. He has yet to speak to any franchises but that is likely to change once teams finalize their plans for the 2020 campaign.

With a number of months for XFL contracted players to lock themselves into a CFL team, many will be weighing up their options ahead of the opening game of the season in June.


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