Football Tigers Signing NFL Free Agent Deals

A report is featured on Tigers who are signing free agent contracts with pro football teams.

Auburn, Ala.--Fullback Jake Slaughter wasn't drafted by an NFL team, but that didn't mean the Auburn senior wasn't wanted.

On Sunday night after the final picks were made earlier in the day in the NFL Draft, Slaughter agreed to a deal to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Jake had offers from 22 of the 32 NFL teams," says Curtis Stephens, the agent for the Tiger fullback.

"He decided to take the offer from the Chiefs because it is a great opportunity for him," Stephens says. "We feel that is the team that offers him the best opportunity to be a starter on opening day."

Slaughter will be hoping to take over the starting role handled for many years by another Auburn fullback, Tony Richardson, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings.

Slaughter is shown during Auburn's pro day workout.

The fullback says that he is scheduled to report to a May 11th mini-camp with the Chiefs. "I understand it is going to last about a month, which is longer than a lot of the mini-camps," Slaughter notes.

Slaughter wasn't the only Tiger wanted by pro teams who wasn't drafted over the weekend. Fellow Nashville native and friend Cooper Wallace, a tight end, is signing with the Chicago Bears.

According to teammates and agents, noseguard Tommy Jackson and linebacker Travis Williams are signing free agent contracts with the Atlanta Falcons while receiver Anthony Mix is expected to sign with the New York Giants.

Travis Williams played middle linebacker as a senior, but is expected to get his shot at outside linebacker in the pros, the position he played as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Auburn.

Both were key members of the Auburn defense for multiple seasons. Williams and Jackson were not among the four Tigers selected in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft that ended on Sunday.

Slaughter said he feels "blessed by the opportunties" he had to sign with so many different NFL teams. The fullback notes that he was afraid he was going to be drafted in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals, something he didn't want to happen.

"It was actually much better for me to be a free agent with 22 offers," he said. "The situation with Tony Richardson leaving with the Chiefs made it a great opportunity to me.

"The coach from the Bengals called me again right after the draft and said he really wanted me, but I told him to call my agent. It was tough to say no to them because they really wanted me. It was also tough to say no to the Tennessee Titans because they are my hometown team."

Slaughter, who also played linebacker and even some defensive end early in his career, found a home at fullback for the Tigers and put together strong junior and senior seasons as a blocker. Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill (second round, San Diego Chargers) was selected along with seventh round wide receiver picks Devin Aromashodu (Miami Dolphins) and Ben Obomanu (Seattle Seahawks) plus junior defensive end Stanley McClover (Carolina Panthers).

Senior defensive tackle Wayne Dickens signed a free agent deal on Monday with the Tennessee Titans after talking to several teams, his agent told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Another Tiger, former walk-on Kevin Hobbs, signed with the Seahawks. A part-time starter for the Tigers who played both safety and cornerback, Hobbs got the attention of pro scouts with a very impressive performance at Auburn's Pro Day.

Offensive tackle Troy Reddick is expected to get a tryout with the Cleveland Browns, according to the senior's agent. Another AU player, linebacker Antarrious Williams, is planning to try out with the Chicago Bears.

Jackson played in 50 games over four seasons for Tigers and started his final 25 contests. He was an All-SEC second team selection as a senior after making 41 tackles with two sacks.

T.J. Jackson was a physical presence in the middle of the Auburn defense.

For his career Jackson made 145 tackles with 31 1/2 for lost yardage, including 5 1/2 quarterback sacks.

Williams, who is from Columbia, S.C., started 36 games for the Tigers and was also a second team All-SEC pick as a senior.

Williams finished his career with 225 tackles,including 24 for losses with 4 1/2 QB sacks. He forced five fumbles and intercepted four passes.

Anthony Mix was a slot receiver for the Tigers.

Mix played in 50 games and started 11. He caught 23 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. He finished his career with 76 catches for 1,010 yards and seven touchdowns.

Mix, who also played tight end early in his AU career, was a standout for the Tigers on special teams.


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