XFL Looking To Reel In Big Time Players, Sportsbooks List Odds

  • Johnny Manziel could make his long-awaited return to the game he loved.
  • This may be the spotlight that Colin Kaepernick has been looking for.
  • Despite being a star receiver, Chad Johnson could be the next XFL kicker.

SEATTLE – After flopping in 2001, the reboot of the XFL is finally here as the new season is set to kick off this Sunday when the Seattle Dragons are set to host the Washington D.C. Defenders.

Although the season is about to start, there have been some big-name players being linked back to the newly established football league.

Johnny Football

As a former Heisman winner at Texas A&M and a first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns in 2014, Johnny Manziel went into the NFL with high expectations. These expectations quickly went away as after only nine full games, Manziel was out of the league. He only won 2 of the 9 games he played and threw 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

After the NFL, the former Aggie made a pit stop in the Canadian Football League for one season where he threw more interceptions than touchdowns.

Fasttrack to today, Manziel is hoping to get an opportunity in the XFL per his Twitter account. Though he is interested, it does not seem that the feeling is mutual

“I would argue that the players we have are better than those guys, to be honest with you—Johnny has his own history, and we have coaches from the CFL who have seen him up close,” said Oliver Luck, the XFL commissioner.

Manziel’s current odds of actually playing in the XFL are sitting at +1200.

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon would actually be an interesting fit in the XFL league, as they don’t have any problems with the use of marijuana. With that being said, since being drafted by the Browns in 2012, Gordon has been in and out of the league and has served six substance-abuse suspensions.

Being that the NFL has given Gordon more than enough chances to get his act together, an XFL appearance could be realistic in the near future. Gordon could also use the XFL as a waiting game until an NFL team decides to call him.

Gordon’s odds of playing in the XFL are at +250 while his odds of retiring are at -120.

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown’s career in the NFL has more than likely come to end as he has constant issues both on and off the field. The 10-year star receiver forced his way out of Pittsburgh and only lasted with the Oakland Raiders for their offseason until landing with the New England Patriots for just 1 game.

Brown’s XFL career might have come to an end before it even started after a fan had asked him on Twitter if he’d ever play in the XFL.

His response came at no surprise in typical Brown fashion.

The official XFL Twitter account, however, wasted no time in responding.

Brown’s odds of suiting up for the XFL are unlikely at +10000.

Colin Kaepernick

After holding a private workout session earlier in 2019, it is clear Kaepernick's days in the NFL have come to an end. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback still considers himself to be an elite athlete.

With that being said his asking salary to the XFL was an “elite” asking price of $20 million. The average starting quarterback in the XFL is set to make $250,000 per season.

“I think his salary demands are way out of our ballpark – He was never really a viable option,” said Luck.

Other than his asking price, both Vince McMahon, the owner and founder of the XFL, and Kaepernick would have to work on another issue. McMahon made it clear that there would be no kneeling during the National Anthem.

Kaepernick’s XFL odds are at +2000.

Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, had announced that he wanted to try out as a kicker for the new football league. Johnson actually received an invite to the XFL draft but unfortunately turned down the option. Johnson, however, has had limited experience in kicking as he has only kicked an extra point attempt and a kick-off.

He also recently posted a video of himself knocking down a 60-yard attempt. Still, Johnson’s odds at +500 to join the league.

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