By Colby Lanham || Clemson Athletic Communications
After four Clemson Tigers had their names called in the NFL Draft, there was more to come, as nine players from last year’s team were signed to free agent rookie contracts. But many of them won’t be alone in their quest to make their marks in training camp and will be surrounded by some familiar faces.
Defensive tackle Josh Watson and offensive lineman Kalon Davis will both be heading out West to join the Denver Broncos. Defensive end Tavaris Barnes will be heading to the New Orleans Saints, where he will join fellow Clemson Tigers CJ Spiller and Stephone Anthony, both of whom were first-round picks. Deshawn Williams, who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, will be joining former Clemson product Brandon Thompson along the defensive line.
But those aren’t the only Clemson Tigers reuniting in the NFL. Defensive end Corey Crawford was signed by the Redskins, where former Tigers Ricky Sapp and Bashuad Breeland await. Cornerback Martin Jenkins signed a free-agent deal with the New York Jets, where he will be joining former Tiger Marcus Gilchrist in the secondary. Safety Robert Smith will be heading to the Indianapolis Colts, where former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen has become one of Andrew Luck’s favorite red-zone targets.
Among the other free agent signings include receiver Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay), cornerback Garry Peters (Carolina), and quarterback Cole Stoudt (San Diego). Former receiver Daniel Rodriguez has also been invited to the Washington Redskins minicamp but has yet to sign a free agent contract.
February 24, 2021