Former Trojan defensive lineman is finally getting his shot in the NFL, having signed with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Armstead spent 2012 playing in the Canadian Football league with the Toronto Argonauts and leading the team with six sacks. He ultimately earned All-Star recognition, and a second glance from the NFL, where he had previously gone undrafted.
The former Trojan played three years at Troy, starting 17 games and recording nearly 60 tackles. In 2011, Armstead was not medically cleared by USC to play, due to a heart condition, a result his family and lawyers alleged in their 2012 lawsuit was the result of being treated with a painkiller called Toradol. The family sued for unspecified damages, and Armstead unceremoniously left the Trojan program.
The 6-foot-5. 300-pound lineman visited the Patriots, the Philadephia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts before ultimately penning his name with New England. In signing Armstead, an NFL team will be getting the equivalent of a high draft pick from the Patriots in the coming months before the draft, in April.