Update 2: The deal is for two years, $1.565 million with a $150k signing bonus and $25k workout bonus.
Full details of new Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker courtesy of ESPN's Dianna Russini: Two years, $1.565 million, including a $150,000 signing bonus and a $25,000 workout bonus next year, per source. https://t.co/VCpkAWLDKY— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) March 24, 2020
Update 1: The financial terms of the deal are unknown, but it’s expected to be a two-year deal for Walker.
Ex-XFL quarterback P.J. Walker's deal with Panthers is for two years, per source close to the player. Financial terms not yet disclosed.— Joe Person (@josephperson) March 23, 2020
The Carolina Panthers will be signing XFL star P.J. Walker per source— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 23, 2020
Walker played college football at Temple when Matt Rhule was the head coach there, and with the XFL officially cancelling its season due to the COVID-19 outbreak it’s no surprise that Rhule would want to bring in someone he’s familiar with to compete for a spot on the quarterback depth chart.
With the recent signing of Teddy Bridgewater it’s almost certain that Walker will be competing with Kyle Allen and Will Grier for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, and if his stint with the Houston Roughnecks is any indication, he’ll have a good shot at winning the job. Walker was arguably the best quarterback in the XFL’s brief 2020 season. He led the league in passing yards (1,338), completed 65 percent of his passes (119 of 184), had the second-highest passer rating (104.4) and had a 15:4 TD:INT ratio.
I know what you’re thinking — “It’s just the XFL.” and you’re right, it was the XFL. But that doesn’t mean he can’t thrive in Rhule’s system, and he probably won’t see the field that much anyway. Even if he doesn’t make the final roster, it doesn’t hurt to bring some competition into training camp for the quarterbacks, and we certainly can’t fault Rhule for trying to see if he can find an upgrade over both Allen and Grier for arguably the most important role on the team.
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