|Shane Carden scores a go-ahead touchdown in the final seconds against Virginia Tech.|
Update: ECU UFA Signees
With the NFL Draft now three days old, NFL teams spent the weekend inking undrafted free agents to professional contracts. Six former Pirates signed professional contracts as undrafted free agents. Here is the list of the growing list of signees: Quarterback Shane Carden: Chicago Bears Record breaking ECU quarterback Shane Carden didn’t have to wait long after the draft ended to join an NFL team. The Chicago Bears announced on Saturday that Carden was one of their 16 undrafted free agents that they signed this weekend. He was also the first undrafted Pirate to join a team. Carden’s career has been well documented as he holds virtually all of ECU’s passing records after spending three years starting under center.
Last season, the 6-foot-2 signal caller racked up 4,736 yards through the air and 30 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions.
Carden saw his best season as a junior during his first full campaign as a starter. He accounted for 4,139 yards through the air and ranked fourth in the nation with a 70.4 completion percentage and 33 touchdowns that season.
Defensive back Lamar Ivey: Seattle Seahawks
Defensive back Lamar Ivey signed with the Seattle Seahawks late Saturday night.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, Ivey spent most of ECU career without a permanent position. He spent time all over the defensive backfield and filled in gaps when necessary.
His senior season, however, a spot opened up at strong safety and Ivey capitalized.
Ivey finished the season with 59 tackles and two interceptions, despite suffering a wrist injury at the end of last season that forced him to wear a club in the Birmingham Bowl.
Defensive Tackle Terry Williams: Chicago Bears
Terry Williams never reached his full potential as a Pirate because of the frequent suspensions he served stemming from off-the-field issues.
However, the Bears apparently felt comfortable enough to take a chance on Williams’ past and offered him a pro contract on Sunday.
Williams appeared in 10 games last season and was named a first-team All-American Athletic Conference player, thanks to his 34 tackles and 7.5 tackles-for-loss.
During his junior season, Williams was forced to sit out eight games because of a suspension. But during his time on the field, he was effective in clogging the defensive front.
Defensive End Chrishon Rose: Chicago Bears
Standing at 6-foot-4, 303 pounds, Chrishon Rose joins Carden and Williams in Chicago.
During his senior season, Rose finished with a career-high 41 tackles and tallied four tackles-for-loss. He was a large part of ECU’s rush defense.
Rose spent five years in the ECU program and after redshirting as a true freshman, he appeared in nine games and garnered 12 tackles during his first season.
As a junior, Rose flourished and made 31 tackles as well 2.5 sacks. His performance helped him to All-Conference USA honorable mention.
Outside linebacker Maurice Falls: Miami Dolphins
Former ECU outside linebacker Maurice Falls is headed to Miami for a rookie training camp with the Dolphins.
The 6-foot-3, 247-pound linebacker is fresh off of a senior season in which he recorded 36 tackles and two and a half sacks. He also notched five tackles for a loss during his senior campaign.
Falls spent his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons as a backup and special teams player and saw action in 35 games over that span.
During his junior campaign he led the team and finished third in Conference USA with three forced fumbles.
Inside linebacker Brandon Williams: Jacksonville Jaguars
Former ECU inside linebacker Brandon Williams landed a rookie training camp invitation from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Williams worked his way from special teams as a freshman and sophomore and then saw starting time at the inside linebacker position as an upperclassmen.
He announced himself as a junior with his 12-tackle performance against Virginia Tech in 2013. He finished that season with the fifth most tackles on the team with 69.
As a senior, Williams started all 13 games and finished second on the team with 124 tackles and five sacks. He also made an interception and had a team-best 13.5 tackles for a loss.
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