Landry Jones Signs With XFL

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones became the first player to sign with the XFL, the league announced on Thursday.

“We're excited to welcome Landry as our first player and first quarterback,” XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck released in a statement.

Jones, 30-years-old, spent six seasons with Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars. He will likely become the starting quarterback for one of eight franchises in the league. The XFL will hold their inaugural draft in October ahead of their spring 2020 kickoff date.

“I’m looking forward to joining the XFL and playing the game I love,” said Jones. “I can’t wait to suit-up.”

Earlier this spring, Jones signed as free agent with Oakland Raiders before being cut by the team. In June, Jones joined dozens of prospective players to workout for the XFL's first annual “Summer Showcase Workout” in Dallas.

“He's an accomplished athlete with outstanding college credentials and pro experience, and his heart and desire to play football epitomizes the type of individual we want in the XFL,” said Luck.

At Oklahoma, Jones became the Big 12 all-time career passing yards leader throwing over 16,646 yds.

Jones will join former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops in XFL. Stoops, head coach and General Manager of the Dallas XFL franchise, was Luck's first head coaching hire as Commissioner.

The XFL kickoffs in spring of 2020.

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