Ivy Signs Free Agent Deal

While many football players across the nation dealt with the disappointment of not being selected in the final rounds of the NFL Draft on Sunday, one of WVU's former defensive stalwarts didn't have to wait long before being picked up as a free agent.

Mortty Ivy, a linebacker from Monroeville, Pa., agreed to terms on a free agent deal with Carolina in the hours immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

"They were calling me and I basically just talked to them and I quickly made the decision (to sign)," Ivy said.

Changes will continue to come fast and furious for Ivy, who will report to the Panthers' offices in North Carolina on Thursday. There, he will meet with front-office members and coaches.

Beyond that, the former West Virginia star didn't know what to expect from his first set of meetings with his new bosses.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds as a Mountaineer senior, Ivy will be one of no less than eight linebackers on the Carolina roster. While it's still early, he hardly seems to be shying away from the idea of having to work in practice just to earn a roster spot.

"Basically, I'm just going to be competing and going out to win a job," Ivy said.

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