Big Group Of Tigers Sign Free Agent Deals

Several big-name players went undrafted for the Tigers and will have to make a team as a free agent.

Auburn, Ala.--In addition to the five players taken in this year’s NFL Draft the Auburn Tigers will have at least six other players attempting to make a team this season after they signed free agent deals soon after the draft ended on Saturday.

Perhaps the most surprising non-draftee was center Reese Dismukes. The winner of the Rimington Award as the top player at his position in the country, Dismukes was thought to a mid-round talent going into the weekend but wasn’t selected. He’ll now try to earn a spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers after signing a free agent deal with them on Saturday. He’ll join wide receiver Sammie Coates in Pittsburgh’s rookie camp.

A pair of former Tigers are headed to Jacksonville to try to earn a spot for the Jaguars after they signed both Nick Marshall and Corey Grant to free agent deals. Working out for the Jacksonville staff in the Senior Bowl as a defensive back, Marshall’s athleticism should give him a chance to earn a roster spot. Grant’s speed will be his biggest asset as he tries to earn a spot at running back on a roster that features Storm Johnson, Toby Gerhart and fellow rookie T.J. Yeldon.

Trovon Reed will have the chance to learn from a player with a similar background as he goes to Seattle to try to earn a spot on the best defensive team in the league. A former wide receiver just like Richard Sherman, Reed fits the mold of what the Seahawks are looking for and could be a surprise in camp.

Two more former Auburn offensive linemen will have a shot to earn a roster spot as well with Chad Slade heading to the Houston Texans and Patrick Miller going to the San Francisco 49ers. A three-year starter, Slade has the athleticism to make some noise in the right situation and the same is true of Miller. While he’s been inconsistent, much like former Auburn tackle King Dunlap Miller has the talent to make it if things click.

Safeties Robensen Therezie and Brandon King will both be in good situations with Therezie going to the Atlanta Falcons while King is headed to the defending champion New England Patriots. Physical and capable of playing a couple of positions, Therezie could help right away on special teams. Raw in terms of his football skills after moving around at several different positions in his two seasons at Auburn, King has the size and speed to be a force in the right situation for the Patriots.

Rounding out the group of players that have signed free agent deals so far is wide receiver Quan Bray with the Indianapolis Colts. Bray has his work cut out with a roster that already features veteran Andre Johnson and speedster T.Y. Hilton with Phillip Dorsett also coming onboard in the draft.

Still waiting to hear on possibilities are tight end Brandon Fulse, defensive back Jonathon Mincy, linebacker LaDarius Owens and defensive tackle Ben Bradley.


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