As a busy NFL free-agency is nearing its end, let’s take a look at which former Texas Tech Red Raiders are on the move.
This former Red Raider is heading to the Miami Dolphins on a two-year deal with more than $8 million guaranteed. He leaves New England, where he had taken pay cuts the last few seasons and joins another former Red Raider in Jakeem Grant in Miami. Jakeem seemed pretty excited:
Say it ain’t so!!! my boy, my brother @DannyAmendola will finally be teammates after watching him to now getting to play along side you brother. If this is TRUE, I’m LIT— Jakeem Grant (@_TheDreamIsHere) March 13, 2018
Another former Texas Tech receiver is on the move. Michael Crabtree was cut by the Oakland Raiders so they could sign Jordy Nelson. Crabtree quickly found a home with the Baltimore Ravens on a three-year, $21 million contract with $11 million in guaranteed money.
Cody Davis has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a two-year $5 million dollar deal. Davis joins a loaded Jaguars defense and figures to see time as a backup and key special teams contributor. The former Texas Tech defensive back in entering his sixth season in the NFL.
So excited to officially be a part of the Jacksonville @Jaguars! Great opportunity to build an elite special teams unit and contribute to a solid defense. All I can say is... #DUUUVAL! pic.twitter.com/bduUp95BKm— Cody Davis (@CodyDavis) March 15, 2018
Former Red Raider defensive lineman Kerry Hyder inks a deal to stay in Detroit. Hyder is coming off a season-ending torn-achilles injury. However, Hyder lead the team in sacks with eight sacks in 2016. So, despite his injuries, his performance in 2016 was enough to get him a one-year deal to stay with the Lions. Hyder’s contract is worth $680,000.
LaAdrian Waddle was visiting with the Dallas Cowboys for a few days, but ultimately decided to stay in New England. The Patriots needed to fill a hole at left tackle after losing Nate Solder. Waddle should be in contention for that starting position. Last season, Waddle battled ankle injuries, but looked good when healthy, earning him a one-year deal.
This deal is not considered a free-agency move, but felt worthy of an honorable mention. Jace Amaro was signed to a reserve/futures deal with the Chiefs in early January. Amaro was drafted by the Jets in 2014 and cut by the Titans in 2016. Jace has been with the Kansas City Chiefs all offseason and will get a chance to make the team and catch balls from our favorite gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes.