While Alliance of American Football may have just been the gridiron version of Fyre Festival, there is still a push to have a league that runs outside of the NFL season.
Re-enter Vince McMahon and his second attempt at making the XFL a thing.
With the relaunch of the XFL set for February 2020 (one week after Super Bowl LIV), there’s still the matter of building team rosters, including the yet-to-be named Seattle franchise. At Saturday’s XFL Summer Showcase in Seattle, there were a host of ex-Seattle Seahawks and some former University of Washington stars.
Among the former Seahawks present were LBs Korey Toomer, John Lotulelei, and Obum Gwacham, S Ryan Murphy, CB Mohammed Seisay, C J.J. Dielman, LS Tanner Carew, and DLs Julius Warmsley and Tani Tupou. Toomer had the most NFL success by carving out 16 starts with the Chargers, but he never played a down for the Seahawks despite being on the team from 2012-2014. Ryan Murphy was a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft, but didn’t survive roster cuts. Seisay was traded to Seattle from Detroit in 2015, but never stepped on the field. In fact, I don’t believe any of the names I’ve mentioned had a regular season snap with Seattle.
Former University of Washington QB Keith Price and ex-Huskies RB Bishop Sankey also were at tryouts. Sankey did not pan out with the Tennessee Titans after getting drafted in the second-round back in 2014. Both Price and Sankey were on the San Diego Fleet of the AAF before the league shuttered.
From the Washington State Cougars side (thanks to Coug1990 in the comments), notable players who tried out were LB Peyton Pelluer, DE Logan Tago, CB Marcellus Pippins, S Robert Taylor, and OL Devante McClain.
Seattle’s XFL team is managed and coached by legendary former Seahawks QB Jim Zorn. All of the home games will be played at CenturyLink Field.