HBCU free-agent signings
The SWAC was shut out of the recent NFL Draft, but the free agent signings quickly heated up after the last name was called on ESPN.
Grambling State saw three of its seniors ink deals this week. Running back Martez Carter signed with the Washington Redskins. Carter rushed for 85 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 33 passes for 449 yards and two TDs this season. Carter finished with 2.721 yards and 30 TDs in his career. And, of course, we all know who the top man is in the Redskins player personnel office – former Grambling quarterback Doug Williams.
Defensive back Montrel Meander heads to the winless Cleveland Browns, who can use all the help they can get. Leander recorded 49 tackles, included 30 solo, and three tackles for loss. "I know with my size, I carry a lot of speed," Meander said. "Going in, I know that I will be looking at a lot of special teams. I am prepared for wherever they want to put me. I am prepared to learn any new position. I know that I will be very helpful and I will contribute a lot to that team."
Offensive lineman Trent Scott will put his talents before the San Diego, er, Los Angeles Chargers. Scott registered 35 pancake blocks with 29 knockdowns. He didn’t allow a sack last season and only had three against him during his four-year career.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity for these players,” G-men coach Broderick Fobbs said. “At the end of the day, you get the opportunity, but it’s up to you to make sure that you do what you’re supposed to do to learn the offense, learn the plays, and be ready to go, because opportunities are limited and it’s up to each player to go in and do what they need to do so that they can gain an advantage to also get confidence from that coach in order to get more plays.” (Did you get all that?)
Alcorn State RB De’Lance Turner signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Turner ran for 1,357 yards, the second-most in Division I-FCS. “I’m just taking it all in right now and it’ still hard to believe that I made it this far,” he said. “I am honored to be able to get my foot in the door, but I’m nowhere near satisfied.”
Southern defensive back Danny Johnson will join Carter at the Redskins rookie mini-camp. Johnson was second on the team in tackles with 55, plus three interceptions and 12 pass breakups.
One obvious missing name is Grambling star QB DeVante Kincade. The rumor mill has it that Kincade didn’t endear himself to NFL scouts with his “arrogant” attitude. Hmmmm.