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Penn State Football: Free Agent Picture Begins Following Conclusion Of Draft

by on May 03, 2015 7:00 AM

In many ways not being drafted can be a positive.

Certainly being a drafted NFL player has its benefits, that much is obvious. But when it comes to controlling your future as a player, being a free agent can bring with it certain freedoms.

For one, when multiple teams come calling, you have options. Maybe one team has a better depth situation at a position. Another team might have a coaching staff that has a record of turning players into stars. Whatever the reason, a free agent offers some flexibility.

So with Adrian Amos, Donovan Smith and Jesse James the only Nittany Lions drafted in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, there are plenty of former Penn State players making decisions.

At the end of the day, every player has to earn a spot on the roster, no matter how he gets there.

So far that journey to a roster spot on an NFL team has started for many former Nittany Lions beyond those three drafted. As of early Sunday morning, the free agent market has panned out as follows.

  • Linebacker Mike Hull has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Hull joins Jelani Jenkins at the linebacker position and former Nittany Lion and defensive end Cameron Wake. Hull was briefly linked with the Eagles according to a few NFL reports.
  • Defensive end Deion Barnes has signed with the New York Jets. Barnes will work alongside 10-year NFL veteran Stephen Bowen at defensive end. Barnes will also likely be in direct competition with third year player Ikemefuna-Enemkpali
  • Offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach will join the Pittsburg Steelers. Dieffenbach will work with an experienced offensive line unit that has been known as one of the more physical units over the past few seasons.
  • Zach Zwinak and Ross Travis will both join Bill O'Brien in Houston.

The free agent market will continue to be a fluid situation over the next few days as undrafted players weigh their options. Penn State fans will have to wait and see where their favorite Nittany Lions end up. Still out and unsigned: Bill Belton, Sam Ficken, Brad Bars, and CJ Olaniyan. 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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