Silver Lining for May 20: Updates on Florida Gators in the NFL; farewell to David Letterman

Get them to sign on the line which is dotted

Three weeks have passed since the 2015 NFL Draft and Florida Gators have spent the time signing rich contracts to play professional football.

The most notable deal struck to this point was that between No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite the defensive end suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his very first NFL practice and signing an injury waiver, the Jaguars did not force offset language into his contract and still inked him to a four-year, $23.5 million fully-guaranteed deal with a $15.3 million signing bonus. Fowler will bring home $4.27 million this season without stepping foot on the field.

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Dante Fowler Jr. out for season with torn ACL

Former Florida Gators defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was carted off the field Friday during the Jacksonville Jaguars first rookie minicamp after his left knee buckled during a drill. Tests later confirmed that Fowler tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the 2015 season, according to ESPN.com‘s Adam Schefter.

The injury occurred as Fowler rushed the passer only for his left knee to bend awkwardly and buckle under his weight. He was carried off the field and into the locker room, where trainers prepared him to leave the facility and visit a doctor.

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Florida Gators G Michael Frazier, C Chris Walker invited to 2015 NBA Draft Combine

A pair of Florida Gators early entrants – junior guard Michael Frazier II and sophomore center Chris Walker were officially announced on Thursday as two of 62 participants in the 2015 NBA Draft Combine.

The multi-day event, which is held in Chicago and will begin this year on May 12, consists of players being put through a series of 5-on-5 competitions, athletic drills, tests and interviews while NBA personnel (coaches, general managers, scouts) in attendance look on and evaluate their performances.

It amounts to a major job interview for these athletes to participate in ahead of the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25.

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Four Florida Gators sign undrafted free agent deals, others receive NFL tryouts

Former Florida Gators wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, tight end Clay Burton and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Leon Orr signed three-year, $1.575 million undrafted free agent contracts with teams following the 2015 NFL Draft.

Dunbar was signed by Washington and Burton was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, while Cummings was grabbed by the Carolina Panthers and Orr moved out to the west coast with the Oakland Raiders.

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4 NFL BITS: Tebow, Cunningham, Demps, Draft

1 » Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly over the weekend dismissed comments from quarterback Mark Sanchez, who called former Florida Gators signal caller Tim Tebow just a “camp arm” for the franchise this summer. “I think everybody here that we bring to our organization is here to compete for a job. That’s what Timmy’s going to do,” Kelly said live on the NFL Network. “He’s an unbelievable competitor. If we were just going to have guys throw drills, we’d take [network analyst Mike] Mayock in the offseason and bring him down here and let him throw to them.”

2 » Former Florida linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was arrested in December after allegedly sending naked or sexual pictures of a woman he was seeing to her friends and family following a domestic dispute between the two parties. (Other charges at the time of his arrest included transporting a gun in his car and tampering with clothing.) As such, he will appear court on Wednesday to face “revenge porn” charges under New Jersey law, according to the Associated Press. Cunningham was picked up by the New York Jets after being released during the 2013 season and spent the 2014 campaign with the team, most of it on injured reserve. He is currently a free agent.

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Gators Garcia, Ball, Debose, Brown picked on day three of NFL Draft; Florida sees eight drafted

Four Florida Gators were selected on day three of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday as the team totaled eight players picked from Thursday through Saturday.

The eight players drafted out of Florida mark the third time in the last six events that the Gators have seen that many former players head to NFL teams.

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Florida OT Chaz Green (Dallas), RB Matt Jones (Washington) picked in third round of NFL Draft

Offensive tackle Chaz Green and running back Matt Jones represented the Florida Gators during day two of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, going off the board four picks apart late in the third round to the Dallas Cowboys and Washington.

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Arizona Cardinals select Florida Gators OT D.J. Humphries with No. 24 pick of 2015 NFL Draft

An athletic lineman who raised his stock significantly over the last few months, Florida Gators offensive tackle D.J. Humphries was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday evening.

Humphries, an early entrant whose draft declaration came as a surprise to some due to his level of production with the Gators, was quickly recognized by analysts as one of the top offensive tackles available in the draft and soon given a first-round grade. Since leaving Florida, Humphries has gained 23 pounds with the increase in size calming a lot of concerns held by scouts and front office executives.

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