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XFL Announces Season Canceled Due to COVID-19; Players Free to Sign with NFL

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 8: DC Defenders players pose for a photo during the XFL game against the St. Louis BattleHawks at Audi Field on March 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shawn Hubbard/XFL via Getty Images)
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The XFL officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 season Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

XFL @xfl2020

To: You From: XFL Subject: Thank you! https://t.co/Yi82btxLqQ https://t.co/74RaMHLAGm

The organization will allow players to sign with teams in other leagues starting March 23:

John McMullen @JFMcMullen

The #XFL just informed its players they will be free to sign with #NFL or #CFL teams on March 23 upon execution of an #XFL Notice of Contract Termination

A few players stood out in the abridged XFL season and should catch on with NFL teams, per reports:

Field Yates @FieldYates

The XFL has canceled the rest of its season and is permitting players to begin signing with NFL teams on March 23rd. Some notables include QB P.J. Walker and WR Cam Phillips, who had 455 receiving yard and 9 TD in just five games.

John Keim @john_keim

I know some of you have asked about TE Donald Parham. Skins not among teams who have shown interest in the XFL player. But a handful of others have. https://t.co/glNJ47iW1H

Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston noted Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos "contacted the Houston Roughnecks inquiring about quarterback PJ Walker."

A number of players have spoken positively about their experiences in the XFL, which was far more successful in its reboot than it was when it initially launched in 2001 and lasted one season:

Luis Perez @PerezLuisQB

What a ride... I would like to thank the @xfl2020 for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream. I’m excited to see what the future holds! #OnDuty https://t.co/E3Q1V3hIhO

Kenny Robinson @krob2__

Thank you 🙏🏼 @xfl2020 and @XFLBattleHawks for the opportunity to showcase my talents and taking a chance on me. I am forever thankful and grateful for everything. Also I would like to thank St.Louis for taking me in with open Arms and all the Support you guys were the BEST‼️💙🦅 https://t.co/hF7tcb5rCY

PJ Walker @pjwalker_5

Houston... this was an amazing experience. The fans was turnt up each week. @xfl2020 appreciate the Opportunity! @XFLRoughnecks #ForTheH

The XFL becomes the latest league to take action to stem the spread of COVID-19. Professional leagues such as the NBA, NHL, MLB and various European soccer leagues, among others, have gone on hiatus, while the NCAA canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments and all winter and spring championships. 

Over 209,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported globally, per CNN.com, with 8,778 deaths. There have been 7,087 cases and 100 deaths in the United States.

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