Several former Clemson football players have signed deals to extend their respective NFL careers. So far, that money total puts their combined contracts at close to $60 million.
One of the most interesting times of the year in NFL, in my opinion, is the couple of months following the Super Bowl when teams are signing free agents.
It seems that every year those salaries get a little higher and it really speaks to the market value placed on professional football.
Clemson football players have become much more involved in free agency over the past few years, with the Tigers beginning to generate NFL-caliber talent year-after-year.
With that being said, here’s a look at a few early free agent signings of former Clemson football and their contractual terms. Other than a surprise, this should pretty much end free agency for former Tigers in 2019.
- Grady Jarrett signs with Atlanta Falcons. They placed the franchise tag (valued at $15.2 million) on him.
- Dwayne Allen signed a two-year deal, worth $7 million with the Miami Dolphins
- Adam Humphries signed a four-year deal, worth $36 million with Tennessee Titans
- Chandler Catanzaro signs with the New York Jets, terms haven’t been disclosed at the time of this writing.
It’s really good news seeing Grady Jarrett get the franchise tag placed on him. Jarrett was just a 2-star prospect coming out of high school, but has now developed into one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL.
He loves the city of Atlanta and, though the Falcons had a bit of a disappointing year last season, they’ll be looking to turn things around in 2019.
Adam Humphries left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a very lucrative deal with the Tennessee Titans. It’s amazing to think how much staying power that Humphries has had in the NFL after his career as a slot receiver with Clemson football.
Dwayne Allen didn’t get much playing time with the New England Patriots and it may have been time for a change of scenery. His stats have gone down over the past couple of years and it will be interesting to see if getting down to Miami can help him re-energize and become a tight end similar to what he was a few years ago in the league.
It should also be fun to see the Cat Man back with the Jets. He has had a decent NFL career and, hopefully, he’ll see continued success back with the Jets this coming season.