The NFL lockout is officially over, which is cause for celebration for two reasons – football and undrafted free agents.
Two Maryland players (Torrey Smith and Da’Rel Scott) were selected in last year’s draft, leaving eight players from Maryland’s 2010 squad with a good chance of being picked up as an undrafted free agents. Today, six of them were signed to contracts.
Linebackers Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak, wide receivers LaQuan Williams and Adrian Cannon, punter Travis Baltz, and tight end Will Yeatman were all picked up by teams today.
Moten and Baltz were both signed by the Colts, Wujciak is headed to the Browns, Williams is joining a bevy of Terps (including Smith) in Baltimore, Cannon was signed by the Chargers, and Yeatman was picked up by the Patriots. Former Maryland quarterback Josh Portis, who played only one season with the Terps, was signed by the Seahawks.
More after the jump.
Moten got a lot of playing time in all four years he spent at College Park, starting off his career with an honorable mention freshman All-American selection. He finished his career with 219 tackles (24 for a loss) with 15.5 sacks and six interceptions.
Baltz was a four-year starter at punter for Maryland and won the starting placekicking job over returning freshman All-American Nick Ferrara before his senior year. He finished his career with an average of 41.2 yards per punt on 224 kicks, with 68 inside the 20 and 22 inside the 10. He also made 14 of 18 field goals and 53 of 54 extra point attempts.
Wujciak only saw playing time in three years at Maryland, but was named an all-conference player in all three of them. He started every game of his career, and ended up tenth on Maryland’s all-time list with 381 tackles.
Williams played in 38 games over his Terrapin career, starting in eleven, but made his mark on special teams. The wide receiver recorded 13 tackles during his senior season and proved an excellent blocker in the screen game. He finished his career with 33 receptions for 436 yards and three touchdowns.
A former Notre Dame tight end and All-American lacrosse player at Maryland, Yeatman only spent one year on the Terps’ football team. He recorded 13 catches for 134 yards and one touchdown in his senior season.
Cannon started for two years, producing as a possession receiver and the number two guy to Torrey Smith. He finished his career 19th on Maryland’s career receptions list with 86, also gaining 935 yards with six touchdowns.
Other Maryland players who may be picked up include safety Antwine Perez and offensive lineman Paul Pinegar.