Former USF Stars Rewarded in NFL Free Agency
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, MARCH 14, 2017 – Three former USF Football standouts have found new NFL homes during free agency.
Cornerback Kayvon Webster, the first Bull to play in two Super Bowls, has agreed to a two-year deal with Los Angeles Rams, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Webster is the third free agent Bull to sign with an NFL team this offseason, joining Terrell McClain (Redskins) and Nate Allen (Dolphins).
Webster was a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2013 and went on to become the Broncos’ special teams captain by 2016. USF’s 2011 All-Big East selection played in Super Bowl XLVIII as a rookie and suited back up for Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Webster brings 54 games of NFL experience to L.A., where he’ll join former USF teammate Darrell Williams, an offensive tackle entering his third season with the Rams.
Webster made his visit to L.A. on Monday, less than a week after McClain signed a four-year, $21 million deal with Washington at the start of free agency. Washington Post reporter Master Tesfatsion projects McClain to replace Chris Baker as the Redskins’ new five-technique defensive end after setting career highs with 2.5 sacks and 40 tackles as a 15-game starter for the Dallas Cowboys. The seventh-year pro was selected 65th overall by Carolina in the 2011 NFL Draft after earning first-team All-Big East honors with the Bulls.
Welcome to Miami, Nate Allen!! pic.twitter.com/Squhi89eJF— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 10, 2017
Allen, a safety, recently signed a one-year, $3.4 million deal with the Dolphins, according to the Miami Herald. The eighth-year pro has started 76 games in his career with the Eagles (2010-14) and Raiders. Allen has racked up 368 tackles (289 solo) with 13 interceptions, 34 pass breakups after becoming an All-Big East selection for USF in 2009.
While three Bulls are headed to new teams, former USF star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is staying with the Giants. New York used its franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, who has totaled 50 sacks, 365 tackles, 42 pass breakups and 11 forced fumbles with the Giants since 2010.
USF finished the 2016 season with a school record 11 wins following the program’s fifth-ever bowl victory in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bulls’ 11-2 record marked the fifth-best winning percentage in FBS football in 2016 and one of just 11 teams to reach 11 wins. USF set nearly 40 team and individual records in 2016, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team, six of which, including Flowers, will return in 2017.
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