February 14, 2020 Transactions

DC Defenders

Wildcats trade OLB Anthony Johnson to Defenders

Anthony Johnson LA Wildcats
Photo by Evan Wu / XFL

The starting left outside linebacker and Defensive Team Captain of the Los Angeles Wildcats, Anthony “Kimbo” Johnson, was traded to the DC Defenders today. The former LSU Tiger signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2014, where he earned his moniker “Kimbo” from teammate Mike Pouncey. He played in five games for the AAF’s Memphis Express in 2019, recording 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Johnson was released by the Wildcats following the decision to fire defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson.

Upon Pepper’s firing on Monday, Johnson tweeted this:

Los Angeles Wildcats

DC Defenders trade CB Bradley Sylve to Wildcats

Week 1 vs Seattle Dragons (via ABC)

Cornerback Bradley Sylve was traded to the Los Angeles Wildcats today, likely providing a noticeable boost to the LA secondary. Sylve, a former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills in 2017. He found little success in the NFL and moved to the New Orleans Saints practice squad, from which he was eventually waived. In 2019, while playing for the AAF’s Birmingham Iron, Sylve recorded an impressive 32 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble through eight games. He was drafted by the DC Defenders in the 2020 XFL Draft and shone early in the Defenders’ Week 1 home opener against the Seattle Dragons, intercepting a pass and returning it 69 yards for a defensive score. The Defenders would win the game 31-19.

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