The Kansas City Chiefs awarded a one-season contract to quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, the quarterback having finished the XFL’s shortened first season with the highest coefficient of efficiency.
Ta’amu will battle veteran Chad Henne for a reservist position in 2020.
The 22-year-old Ta’amu was not drafted when he finished his university internship at the University of Missouri. He participated in the Houston Texan training camp. Released in August, he signed with the St. Louis Battlehawks, where he led the XFL with 82.8 and 72.4 per cent of passes completed. He finished third on the tour with 1,050 air wins in five games.
The Chiefs awarded Henne a one-year, $3.25 million contract last week, of which $2.75 million is guaranteed, meaning Ta’amu is unlikely to move ahead for the runner-up spot. However, he should put pressure on quarterback Kyle Shurmur for a position on the coaching staff.