Friday was a bad day for the new and improved XFL. After cancelling the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced that it's shutting down day-to-day operations, resulting in the dismissal of all their employees.
Despite that, one player got the best news on an otherwise dreary evening.. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Los Angeles Wildcats offensive lineman Storm Norton agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Storm Norton ... that is PERFECT for the next Hollywood action-adventure movie. Or maybe that's the next villain for Michael Scarn in the sequel for "Threat Level Midnight."
The Chargers have prioritized upgrading their offensive line this offseason, as evidenced by their trade for Carolina Panthers guard Trai Turner and the signing of former Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Now, they signed the Wildcats' first selection and the XFL's highest-graded tackle, according to Pro Football Focus.
Prior to his stint with the Wildcats, Norton was an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2017. He was signed by the Detroit Lions before jumping onto the practice squads of the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. Norton played in just one NFL game during his 2018 season with the Vikings.
Hopefully Norton and other former XFLers represent the league well at the next level.