March 23 (UPI) — Former XFL star quarterback P.J. Walker is expected to sign with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers also gave former NFL MVP Cam Newton permission to seek a trade, amid the team’s off-season acquisitions. Newton has one year remaining on his contract with the NFC South franchise.
Walker, 25, previously spent time on the Indianapolis Colts‘ practice squad before suiting up for the Roughnecks. The Temple product led the XFL with 1,338 passing yards and 15 touchdown passes in five games before the XFL season was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Walker led the Roughnecks to a 5-0 record and was the front-runner to win the league’s MVP award.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule coached Walker for four seasons at Temple. Walker led the Owns to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016. Walker is Temple’s all-time leading passer with 10,668 yards and 74 passing scores.
Walker will be the first XFL player to join the NFL since the league announced its canceled season on Friday. XFL players can officially sign with NFL teams starting at 9 p.m. EDT Monday.