Former Steelers quarterback Landry Jones has landed in familiar surroundings in the XFL.
Jones, who was the first player to sign with the league, has been assigned as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Renegades.
The Renegades are the closest team to both Jones’ New Mexico hometown and where he went to college in Oklahoma. He’ll also be coached by his former college coach: longtime Sooners boss Bob Stoops.
Jones spent five seasons with the Steelers after joining the team as a fourth-round draft pick back in 2013. In 19 career games, Jones made five starts and was 3-2 as a starter. He finished his time with the Steelers 108 of 169 passing for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He lost a three-way battle for a job with Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph in the 2018 preseason and also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders before signing with the upstart spring league.
Jones told Steelers Now back in August that Dallas would be an ideal situation for him.
“We all get put into a big pool for the draft,” he said. “I’m sure they’re figuring some of that stuff out too. I don’t know who else they’ve been speaking to and plan to sign, but I’d love to play here in Dallas for Coach Stoops.”
Quarterbacks signed to the league and then were assigned to each teams. The other assignments were as follows:
Cardale Jones, DC Defenders
Philip Walkers, Houston Roughnecks
Luis Perez, Los Angeles Wildcats
Matt McGloin, New York Guardians
Jordan Ta’amu, St. Louis Battlehawks
Brandon Silvers, Seattle Dragons
Aaron Murray, Tampa Bay Vipers
The rest of the XFL’s players will be selected as part of a two-day draft process on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Our head coaches are excited about this first wave of quarterback assignments and the talent level in our draft pool,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said in a press release. “We will continue to identify and sign the best players available, and we are confident this is a strong start to the next two days.”