1 » One day after it was reported by FOX 25 out of Boston that a Maybach Mercedes registered to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on the median of a highway, the former Florida Gators player was released by the team. According to FOX 25, The OnStar representative from the car “told state police the driver of the care reported hitting a deer.” However, while an injured deer was not found near the scene, another car called in that it was rear ended at approximately the same time as the crash involving Spikes’s car. Spikes signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Patriots (with up to $1 million in incentives), returning to the team that drafted him after spending a season with the Buffalo Bills. His original tenure did not end well in New England, despite his close relationship with owner Bob Kraft, and his return to the franchise was a surprise. If this story sounds relatively familiar that is a vehicle belonging to former Miami Dolphins LB Channing Crowder was also abandoned on a highway in January 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.