Quarterback P.J. Walker (11) impressed in the XFL. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers sign standout XFL QB P.J. Walker to back up Teddy Bridgewater

An XFL standout has worked his way back to the NFL.

With Cam Newton likely to be traded or released after the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater last week, Carolina made it a priority to seek a talented backup QB for Bridgewater.

Thus, the Panthers signed star XFL quarterback P.J. Walker, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The 25-year-old was likely on his way to being named the XFL's Most Valuable Player after throwing 15 touchdowns with 1,338 yards and a 5-0 record.

Walker will return to the NFL after a practice squad stint with the Indianapolis Colts and reunite with new Panthers coach Matt Rhule, who coached him in college at Temple.

With Newton's status still up in the air, the Panthers clearly needed a backup, and they went with a guy who knows exactly what Rhule expects in the QB room.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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ATL / WR / 7
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CAR / LB / 7
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CHI / LB / 10
Mike Singletary
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Anthony Munoz
CLE / OT / 10
Joe Thomas
DAL / TE / 11
Jason Witten
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Bob Lilly
DEN / QB / 9
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Barry Sanders
DET / LB / 10
Joe Schmidt
GB / QB / 9
Brett Favre
GB / OT / 9
Forrest Gregg
HOU / WR / 7
Andre Johnson
IND / QB / 11
Peyton Manning
IND / DE / 11
Gino Marchetti
JAX / OT / 5
Tony Boselli
JAX / WR / 5
Jimmy Smith
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Will Shields
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Junior Seau
LAR / DT / 14
Merlin Olsen
MIA / QB / 9
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NE / QB / 14
Tom Brady
NO / QB / 13
Drew Brees
NYG / LB / 10
Lawrence Taylor
NYJ / OT / 8
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Jim Otto
PHI / LB/C / 8
Chuck Bednarik
PIT / DT / 10
Joe Greene
SEA / OT / 9
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TB / LB / 11
Derrick Brooks
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