The inaugural 2023 XFL 3.0 season is set to wrap up with the championship being played next week. As a result, players are accepting minicamp invites from NFL teams. Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane said Sunday that the Bills were under $5 million in cap space before they signed their draft picks, not to mention signing RB Latavius Murray and DT Poona Ford on Monday and Tuesday.
With the Bills likely adding more depth for training camp, they could look to add some cheap spring league players to fill out the back half of their roster. Could those players come from the XFL?
WR Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon, the former NFL All-Pro, saw an uptick in production after signing with the XFL. He totaled 38 receptions, 540 yards, and four TDs, including a long of 65 yards. Gordon could see another opportunity from NFL teams this summer. And with 11 receivers rostered, the Bills could look to bring in another one to compete during camp. With Gordon being 32 years old, this could be his last NFL opportunity.
LB Terrance Plummer
Terrence Plummer was one of the best linebackers in the XFL last year, earning himself an 84.3 PFF grade and playing 422 snaps on defense. In that time, he totaled 56 tackles, two sacks, four TFLs, and one forced fumble. Plummer adds more depth to a MLB room that the Buffalo Bills are trying hard to improve. With Tyrel Dodson, A.J. Klein, Terrel Bernard, Baylon Spector and now Dorian Williams as potential solutions, the Bills could use some added competition in the preseason.
QB Jordan Ta’amu
Jordan Ta’amu has been a spring league legend for the past few years between the DC Defenders this season, the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL last season, and the St. Louis Battlehawks in 2020. This year, he totaled 1,894 yards, 14 TDs, and three INTs, while rushing for 298 yards and three TDs. The Bills are going into camp with Kyle Allen and Matt Barkley backing up Josh Allen. With little cap space remaining, Ta’amu may be the best cheap option to battle for the backup spot.
RB Abram Smith
Abram Smith broke onto the scene this year with the DC Defenders after being released by the New Orleans Saints. He totaled 778 yards and seven TDs on 156 attempts, making him arguably the best back in the league. Smith went undrafted last year out of Baylor University after compiling 1,601 yards and 12 TDs during his final collegiate season. The Bills could use another running back to get them through training camp, and they could look to go younger after signing 33-year old Latavius Murray.
DE Pita Taumoepenu
The best defender in the league and on a disappointing Las Vegas Vipers team, Pita Taumoepenu totaled 28 tackles, nine TFLs, 7.5 sacks, 41 pressures, and five forced fumbles this season. Without making any additions at pass rusher during the draft or free agency, the Bills could use some added depth with Von Miller recovering from his ACL injury.
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