Gators in the NFL: Updated list

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presents Florida's Taven Bryan with his Jacksonville Jaguars team jersey during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Los Angeles Chargers added three Gators to their roster this offseason. Former Dolphins center Mike Pouncey signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Bolts after Pouncey refused to take a pay cut to stay with the club that drafted him. The Chargers also picked up a backup safety in Jaylen Watkins and a new starting kicker in Caleb Sturgis, both of whom were Super Bowl Champions last year with Philadelphia. Sturgis and Pouncey will likely start, while Watkins will be a backup.

Tight end Trey Burton continued the exodus of Gators from the City of Brotherly Love, choosing wind over brotherhood, as he left for Chicago to sign a four-year, $32 million deal with the Bears.

Linebacker Jon Bostic left fellow Gator linebacker Antonio Morrison behind in Indianapolis to play for the Steelers where he signed a two-year, $4 million contract that includes a $1.4 million signing bonus.

To round out the offseason moves for former Gators, former Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson signed a $1.8 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys to catch passes from Dak Prescott. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus.

Also be on the lookout for Gators returning from injuries. Rams defensive lineman Dominique Easley will look to bounce back after he sat out all of last season with knee tears in his ACL and LCL. Easley will likely be a rotational player behind a stacked Rams defensive line that will feature Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh.

Cardinals left tackle D.J. Humphries will also be looking for a strong return this year as he will most likely be a starter and be charged with protecting the fragile Sam Bradford after sitting out most of last season with a dislocated kneecap. If Humphries shines this year, he could be looking at a huge payday in the future as the Cardinals will no doubt look to keep incoming quarterback Josh Rosen upright for years to come.

In New England, the Pats traded a third-round pick in order to fill a Nate Solder-sized hole as they acquired left tackle Trent Brown from the San Francisco 49ers and who is still recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason.

On a sad note, Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd may see his career cut short due to an arthroscopic surgery gone wrong in 2016. During the surgery, a nerve in his right knee was disrupted and set his recovery back. The Vikings decided to put him on the Non-Football Injury list for the 2017 season, which allowed the Vikings to pay him an amount of their choosing rather than his $6.76 million salary. Floyd is currently awaiting a ruling in a case he brought against the Vikings. Most experts agree that his playing career is likely over.


NOTE:

This Gators in The NFL list only includes the players who finished their college careers at UF and didn’t transfer to finish up elsewhere.

Arizona Cardinals
D.J. Humphries (T)
Earl Okine (DE) — Practice Squad
Atlanta Falcons
Keanu Neal (SS)
Brian Poole (DB)
Joseph Putu (DB) – Rookie
Joey Ivie (DE) — Practice Squad
Baltimore Ravens
Mark Thompson (RB)
Carolina Panthers
Bryan Cox Jr. (DE)
Chicago Bears
Jonathan Bullard (DE)
Trey Burton (TE)
Cincinnati Bengals
Carlos Dunlap (DE)
Cleveland Browns
Caleb Brantley (DT)
Antonio Callaway (WR) – Rookie
Kelvin Taylor (RB)
Dallas Cowboys
Chaz Green (T)
Deonte Thompson (WR)
Denver Broncos
Max Garcia (G)
Detroit Lions
Jarrad Davis (LB)
DeAndre Goolsby (TE) – Rookie
Brandon Powell (WR) – Rookie
Teez Tabor (CB)
Houston Texans
Chris Thompson (WR)
Jelani Jenkins (LB)
Indianapolis Colts
Quincy Wilson (CB)
Antonio Morrison (ILB)
Jacksonville Jaguars
Taven Bryan (DT) – Rookie
Dante Fowler Jr. (DE)
Lerentee McCray (DE)
Kansas City Chiefs
Demarcus Robinson (WR)
Los Angeles Chargers
Mike Pouncey (C)
Caleb Sturgis (K)
Jaylen Watkins (DB)
Los Angeles Rams
Dominique Easley (DT)
Minnesota Vikings
Mack Brown (RB)
Sharrif Floyd (DT) — Injured Reserve
New England Patriots
Duke Dawson (DB)Rookie
Mike Gillislee (RB)
Trent Brown (T)
New Orleans Saints
Alex Anzalone (LB)
New York Giants
Jon Halapio (G)
New York Jets
Jonotthan Harrison (C)
Marcus Maye (S)
Oakland Raiders
Reggie Nelson (DB)
Eddy Pineiro (K)
David Sharpe (OT)
Johnny Townsend (P)
Nick Washington (DB) – Rookie
Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Jones (RB)
Pittsburgh Steelers
Jon Bostic (LB)
Marcus Gilbert (T)
Maurkice Pouncey (C)
Joe Haden (CB)
Jake McGee (TE) — Practice Squad
San Francisco 49ers
Louis Murphy (WR)
Marcel Harris (DB) – Rookie
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Drew Ferris (LS)
Vernon Hargreaves (CB)
Justin Trattou (DE)
Washington Redskins
Quinton Dunbar (CB)
Alex McCalister (DE)
Jordan Reed (TE)


8 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! A lot of the teams have multiple Gators on their roster. These articles on Gators in the NFL have got to be good for recruiting. Please keep it up and thanks for doing it with MLB and the NBA also.

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