Former Steelers, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones becomes first player to sign with XFL

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Former NFL quarterback Landry Jones has signed a contract with the XFL, the new football league announced Thursday. 

Jones, a former standout at the University of Oklahoma, is the first player who has agreed to join the league, slated to open in 2020. The 30-year-old signal caller signed with the Oakland Raiders in March but was later cut by the team in May.

Jones was primarily a backup or third stringer while in the NFL, having played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for five seasons since being drafted by the team in 2013. In his time at Pittsburgh, he saw limited action behind Ben Roethlisberger, though he stepped in to start five games from 2015-17. In the 2018 campaign, he temporarily filled out the Jacksonville Jaguars roster when starter Blake Bortles got hurt.  

“I’m looking forward to joining the XFL and playing the game I love,” Jones said in a statement. “I can’t wait to suit-up.”

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