Las Vegas Franchise Grabs ‘Strong-Armed’ Ex-Eagles QB

Luis Perez

Getty Quarterback Luis Perez, formerly of the Alliance of American Football's now-defunct Birmingham Iron.

The XFL is getting set to reboot in 2023 with franchises in eight cities: Las Vegas, Orlando, San Antonio, Arlington (Texas), Houston, St. Louis, Seattle and Washington. The first order of business was a quarterback draft, which took place on Tuesday, November 15, during a live-streamed event.

One of the first signal-callers taken was Luis Perez, a former undrafted rookie who wore a Philadelphia Eagles uniform for a month in 2019. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder served NFL stints with the Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions before trying his luck in the XFL. Perez was chosen by the Las Vegas Vipers, coached by NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson. Perez will compete with Jalan McClendon for the starting job.

“Las Vegas is about entertainment and competition. Our QB group is going to bring just that with Jalan McClendon and Luis Perez,” Woodson said in a statement. “Jalan is going to be a solid athletic QB weapon for us because of his football IQ and ability to read defenses. Luis has a strong arm and accuracy that has landed him opportunities in NFL rookie minicamps. Luis had solid results playing in other leagues, and the Vipers are lucky to have him aboard. Jalan and Luis are what this league is about – competitiveness to get to the next level.”

Perez played for the New Jersey Generals in the USFL in 2022, seeing action in nine games. He went 124-of-173 (71.7%) for 1,200 yards and 9 touchdowns, including a walk-off keeper score with just 2 seconds remaining in the Generals’ May 22 game. He was a prolific passer at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he remains the all-time leader in completions (665), passing yards (8,325) and passing touchdowns (78).

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The 43-year-old will report to Marc Ross, who was director of college scouting for Philadelphia in 2002, when the Eagles drafted Westbrook in the third round. Westbrook has an executive business degree from Wharton and bachelor’s degree from Villanova. He also ranks third all-time in Eagles franchise history for rushing yards with 5,995, trailing only LeSean McCoy (6,792) and Wilbert Montgomery (6,538).

“We’re thrilled to have him join the team,” Ross said. “His experience across the industry leads to a deep understanding of the game and what it takes to succeed both on and off the field.”

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There is also the very strong possibility of them exploring free agency for a bigger name tight end, a guy like Eric Ebron certainly makes a lot of sense considering his ties to Nick Sirianni.

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