Four Former Tigers Sign Free Agent Contracts


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Clemson, SC-Four senior members of the 2005 Clemson football team had signed free agent contracts as of Tuesday morning. The list includes tight end Cole Downer with the Detroit Lions, fullback Steven Jackson with the Minnesota Vikings, offensive guard Chip Myrick with the Indianapolis Colts and Jamaal Fudge with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Downer caught six passes for 47 yards in eight games in 2005.
He missed four games when he suffered a ruptured spleen against Miami. Ironically, that was the game in which he caught his only career touchdown pass. Jackson was an outstanding blocking fullback for the Tigers who caught five passes in 2005. Myrick played in 39 games over the last four years for the Tigers as a versatile offensive lineman. He started five of the 12 games in 2005.

Fudge was Clemson's fourth leading tackler in 2005 with 74 stops. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions each of the last three years and finished his career with 10 interceptions and
283 career tackles, including 116 as a sophomore in 2003. He
started each of the last 36 games of his Clemson career and played in
49 consecutive games over four years.

Former Clemson players have had success as free agents in the NFL over the years. Overall, 38 Clemson free agents have gone on to make NFL clubs and participate in NFL games. That list includes former Washington Redskins Center Jeff Bostic, who went on to play 14 years in the NFL and win three Super Bowl Championship rings, more
than any other former Clemson player. Bostic, Kevin Mack and David
Treadwell are former Clemson free agents who went on to play in the NFL Pro Bowl. Steve Kenney, who will be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame this fall, was also a free agent coming out of Clemson before going on to a nine-year NFL career.

Other free agent signings are expected in the next few days.

Over the past weekend, three members of the 2005 Clemson team were drafted by the NFL. The list includes Tye Hill, a first round pick of the St. Louis Rams, Charlie Whitehurst, a third round pick of the San Diego Chargers, and Charles Bennett, a seventh round selection of the Tampa Bay Bucs.


2005 Tigers Who Will be in NFL Camps in 2006

Name	           Pos	Team	                Draft Info
Tye Hill	   CB	St. Louis Rams	        Round 1, 15th Pick
Charlie Whitehurst QB	San Diego Chargers	Round 3, 81st Pick
Charles Bennett	   DE	Tampa Bay Bucs	        Round 7, 241st Pick
Jamaal Fudge	   SAF	Jacksonville Jaquars	Free Agent
Steven Jackson	   FB	Minnesota Vikings	Free Agent
Chip Myrick	   FB	Indianapolis Colts	Free Agent
Cole Downer	   TE	Detroit Lions	        Free Agent

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