Former CFL Most Outstanding lineman, Derek Dennis will sign an XFL contract, per sources.
Dennis is the second big name CFL player to join Vince McMahon’s league following receiver S.J. Green.
The 31-year-old started 16 games for the Calgary Stampeders in 2019 and played 72 career games in the Canadian Football League. He was a CFL all-star in 2016 and earned West Division all-star honours in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Four of Dennis’ five season’s north of the border were spent in Cowtown while the other he played in Saskatchewan. The former Rider was the highest paid American offensive lineman in the CFL during the 2017 season.
He made over $180,000 that year which was due to rise to the high $180,000 range in the final two years of his original three-year agreement with Saskatchewan. But Dennis was cut loose shortly after the free agent period started in 2018. The six-foot-three, 348-pound Dennis rejoined the Stamps and won a Grey Cup the following November.
The Temple University product went unselected in the 2012 NFL draft, however, inked an undrafted free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. Dennis was released by the fish in July and it was shown on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
The New England Patriots signed Dennis one week later, butt he was released by the Pats at the end of training camp. Dennis spent time on the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers practice squads prior to putting pen to paper with the Stampeders in September 2015. His total NFL earnings were $120,600.
Dennis will be assigned to an XFL team. The plan is to play the full season in the United States and come back to Canada for the CFL campaign.