The returning XFL announced the locations of its eight franchises on Wednesday.
Among the new football homes was Arlington, Texas in a planned-to-be-retrofitted Globe Life Park after the Texas Rangers move to their new home after next season. And like the Dallas Cowboys, the Arlington field will serve as home for the league’s “Dallas” franchise.
“The D-FW market is maybe the market with the most passion for football on all levels in the country,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said. “It matters there. It’s remarkable.”
When the new XFL kicks off in 2020, here are a few notable names we’d like to see on the roster of the Dallas franchise:
Johnny Manziel, QB
What a long, strange trip the professional career of the former Heisman Trophy winner has been.
In 2012, Manziel became the first freshman to ever win college football’s most prestigious award while at Texas A&M. Fast forward to the end of 2018, and the quarterback finds himself at the end of his first season in the Canadian Football League.
After his fall from NFL grace, Manziel began his comeback tour earlier this year and still hopes to one day return to the league. In eight games with the Montreal Alouettes this season, Manziel racked up 1,505 total yards (1,290 passing, 215 rushing) and five touchdowns.
His CFL contract runs through next season. Would a return to professional football in the United States (especially in his home state) in 2020 be so far-fetched?
Terrell Owens, WR
Recently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise to see Terrell Owens give a smaller professional football league a chance.
Owens played for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League in 2012. And as recently as this season, Owens landed on the negotiation list for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. He also conducted a workout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders a day after his own enshrinement ceremony in August.
“I know I’m truly blessed and I can still play the game,” Owens told the Chattanooga Times Free Press after the hour-plus workout.
Owens would be 46 years old by the time the inaugural XFL season kicks off in 2020.
Jamaal Charles, RB
The former Texas Longhorns RB made a huge splash in the NFL … before injuries started to set in.
Charles had five season of more than 1,000 rushing yards from 2009-14, including leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2013.
An ACL tear in his right knee during the 2015 season derailed his promising career.
Charles would go on to play in five or fewer games in three of the next four seasons, including 2018. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in October as they were dealing with a rash of backfield injuries themselves, but was released a few weeks later.
In his early-30s, could the XFL provide a chance for the four-time Pro Bowler to show the football world that he’s still got it?
Robert Griffin III, QB
Another Heisman Trophy winner joins the list in former Baylor standout Robert Griffin III.
Griffin stepped on the field in an NFL regular season game for the first time since 2016 earlier this season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Griffin’s current deal only runs through this year, and the future of the quarterback position in Baltimore seemingly lays in the hands of Lamar Jackson.
If life as a backup isn’t the football road Griffin wants to travel, there would surely be a chance at more playing time with a brand new XFL franchise.
DeMarcus Ware, DE
Any defense needs an imposing pass rush, and who better to line up on that side of the ball than the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time leader in sacks?
This might be wishful thinking as the nine-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion seems pretty ingrained in his role with NFL Network along with taking part in other side projects like participating on Dancing with the Stars, but if the workout videos he frequently posts on social media say anything — it’s that No. 94 could probably still bring it.
Wishful thinking, Part II: Given the fact the new XFL franchise will be playing down the street from AT&T Stadium – the home of the Dallas Cowboys – there are a few other names out there who may still have a couple snaps left in them by Feb. 2020.
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