Kansas City Chiefs sign former Ole Miss, XFL quarterback Jordan Ta’amu

Published 10:24 pm Monday, March 23, 2020

Jordan Ta’amu has found a home in the National Football League.

After singing on to the Houston Texans as an underrated free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft, Ta’amu didn’t make the team to start the season. Landing with the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks, Ta’amu led his XFL team to a 3-2 record during the COVID-19 shortened season. He needed the roundabout journey, but Ta’amu is back in the NFL.

The Kansas City Chiefs have arguably the NFL’s most untouchable starter, reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, but have question marks in the offseason at Mahomes’ backup position. Ta’amu will compete with 34-year-old Chad Henne and another 2019 underrated free agent, Kyle Shurmur, for the backup job.

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In just five games at the XFL level before the season was cut short, Ta’amu threw for 1,050 yards, five touchdowns to two interceptions. His 1,050 yards ranked third in the league and his 217 rushing yards ranked seventh in the league among any positions.

Over 19 games starting his two-year Ole Miss career, Ta’amu totaled 5,600 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.