Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Rashad Jeanty has had tryouts with five NFL teams this winter, including one with Indianapolis. And if he could pick the team he would most like to play for out of the five potential suitors, it would be the Colts or the Dolphins.
Miami is an obvious choice for Jeanty since it's his hometown. But the allure of the Colts goes deeper than that. It's the style of the Indy defense that he thinks is a good fit. And while most of the teams are looking at the 6'3, 230-lb player as a linebacker, he believes he could still play defensive end for the Colts.
"Their defensive end is pretty much an upfield end [pass rushing]. And my forte is defensive end," he explained in an interview with Slam! Sports.
Jeanty played collegiately for Central Florida but had academic problems, so he headed north to the CFL. He was declared eligible for the 2005 draft, but wasn't signed.
The 22-year old is coming off a season where he missed a fourth of the Eskimos games due to hamstring and shoulder problems. But that didn't stop him from finishing 11th in the CFL in sacks with eight in just fourteen games. Jeanty has 4.75 forty-speed -- just a tenth of a second slower than the Chargers' Shawn Merriman.
In addition to the Colts and Dolphins, Jeanty has worked out for the Jets, Cowboys and Bengals. Jeanty has until February 15th to sign with an NFL team, and it appears offers are forthcoming from at least the Dolphins and the Bengals.
"Marvin (Lewis, Bengals head coach) loved him," said Jeanty's agent David Canter.
Jeanty made just $70,000 with the Eskimos in 2005. He's looking for a signing bonus in the $20,000 - $25,000 range and the NFL minimum of $235,000.
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