Former Steelers QB Jones signs first XFL deal

The XFL just revealed its first quarterback

The XFL just revealed its first quarterback

Former Oklahoma Sooners star and Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones has been announced as the first player to sign with the XFL.

Jones, 30, has not yet been assigned to an XFL team.

"We're excited to welcome Landry to the XFL as our first player and first quarterback", said Oliver Luck, XFL commissioner and CEO.

"I'm looking forward to joining the XFL and playing the game I love", said Jones in a release. "I can't wait to suit up".

Despite leaving Norman in 2012, Jones remains one of the most illustrious passers in Oklahoma history. He threw for 429 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-20 win over CT.

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He recently worked out for the Detroit Lions prior to reaching an agreement with the XFL.

He started five games for the Steelers over the 2015-17 season, and the team was 3-2 in those games. Jones racked up 1,321 passing yards and 8 touchdown in the NFL. He threw 52 interceptions in his Sooner career. Ben Roethlisberger, who was active for the game but not expected to play due to injury, led the Steelers to a 30-9 victory, becoming the first quarterback in National Football League history to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors without starting a game. NY and Los Angeles are retained from the original incarnation in 2001, while Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. will join the fold.

According to the league, Jones will enter a pool of eight quarterbacks that will be distributed to teams prior to the XFL draft.

While football fans are gearing up for the start of the college football and NFL seasons, the reborn XFL is preparing for its inaugural season in 2020. Jeff Brohm played with the Orlando Rage, 16 years before he became the head coach at Purdue.

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