April 30, 2010
Eight former University of Cincinnati football players will continue their football careers this weekend as the first round of NFL rookie/free agent camps open up.
Adding in draftees Mardy Gilyard (St. Louis Rams), Tony Pike (Carolina Panthers), and Ricardo Mathews (Indianapolis Colts), 11 of UC's 16 seniors from 2009 will have a shot at making an NFL squad.
Defensive lineman Alex Daniels signed a free agent deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach will be the second former Bearcat in Colts camp after signing with Indianapolis this week. He joins 2010 draftee Mathews in camp.
Safety Aaron Webster signed a free agent deal with the Houston Texans and will join former UC standout Connor Barwin on the defensive side of the ball.
Long snapper Mike Windt signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, reuniting him with former UC all-America punter Kevin Huber, who enters his second year with the hometown Bengals. Windt snapped for Huber at UC for two years.
Several unsigned players earned invites to try out with NFL teams.
Running back Jacob Ramsey and defensive lineman Curtis Young both earned tryouts with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Linebacker Craig Carey earned an invite to the Chicago Bears' rookie free agent camp and defensive back Brad Jones was invited to the Cleveland Browns rookie camp.
Former UC defensive back DeAngelo Smith
was picked up off waivers by the Cleveland Browns this week after being cut by the Detroit Lions.