- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tight end Khari Lee became the first DC Defenders player to sign with an NFL club this offseason when he agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.

XFL players were allowed to sign with NFL teams beginning Monday after the XFL officially canceled the remainder of its debut season due to the coronavirus.

It isn’t Lee’s first time in the NFL. He played in all 16 games as a rookie for the Chicago Bears in 2015, then spent time with the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills the following three years.

With the Defenders, Lee scored the first touchdown in franchise history. When the season was suspended five games in, Lee had eight catches on eight targets for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Baltimore native and Bowie State product told The Washington Times’ Thom Loverro that he was selling real estate in 2019 before deciding to give his football playing career one more shot via the XFL.

Update: Later Wednesday night, a second Defenders player joined a new NFL team. Safety Tyree Kinnel signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The University of Michigan product spent a brief offseason stint with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was cut after preseason.

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