The XFL will soon be underway. Hopefully, by now, you’ve settled on a team. If not, please go back and read my article on the LA Wildcats DE/LB Anthony “The Landlord” Johnson. He’s definitely a player worth following. If that still doesn’t meet the criteria you’re looking for, perhaps this weekend’s slate of games can provide a clearer picture. In another previous article, I outlined the rules of the XFL to provide a better understanding on what to look for and how it differs from the NFL. At this point, rules are in place, teams are formed, and the first week of game practice has been completed. So, what is the question on everyone’s mind now? It’s time to discuss how these players are being paid and how much.
The pay structure in the XFL is fairly simple. To start, quarterbacks in the league are regarded higher than players at the other positions. Execs and decision makers feel that they are the face of their respective franchises. So, as you guessed it, the top tier signal callers will be making more. More highly touted players at that position like Landry Jones, Cardale Jones, Josh Johnson, etc. have the ability to earn $495K.
So, where does that leave everyone else? For the most part, the rest of the league will make around $55K. That is a drastic difference from that of the average NFL paycheck. However, the league has a decent bonus structure that is granted on a per game basis. Here is what you need to know:
Average Salary: $55,000
Bi-Weekly Paycheck: $2,080
Activation Fees: $1,685
Victory Bonus: $2,222
So, it’s pretty straight forward. Just being on the roster grants a player $2,080. If they are active and playing in a game, an additional bonus, the activation fee, is granted in the amount of $1,685. If their team comes away with a victory, they collect an additional $2,222. In the best case scenario, each player has the potential earn $4,947 per game week.
Contracts for XFL players started December 3, 2019 and will last through May 31, 2020. That’s true if the player lasts the entire season. Although the salaries may not resemble that of the NFL yet, the league has a good starting point with which to work. If it takes off like many, including myself, expect it to, that pay structure will greatly change. For now, let’s forget about money and enjoy this recent edition of the XFL. Also, don’t forget to show Vince McMahon some appreciation for giving us the game we love for a little while longer. It’s going to be a good season folks!
I am a 2003 graduate from the University of Alabama with a degree in Exercise Science. While at the Capstone, I served as a student assistant with the head strength and conditioning coach of the Crimson Tide football team. I have competed in both powerlifting and bodybuilding for several years. In addition, I have served athletes and people through the arena of personal training. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I am a passionate fan of Alabama, but do not make other fan bases miserable because of it. College football has my heart first, but I cover all areas of sports. Follow me on Twitter: @justinriley7!