Trojan alumni and NFL free agents Anthony McCoy, Everson Griffen, Matt Cassel and Fili Moala have signed new contracts with their respective teams as NFL free agency swings into full gear this week.
McCoy received a new one-year deal from Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday after missing their Super Bowl run with a torn achilles in 2013. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL by the Seahawks, McCoy had a productive year in 2012 with 31 receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns.
Griffen signed a lucrative five-year contract from the Minnesota Vikings worth $42.5 million on Sunday. Despite starting just one game during his four year NFL career with the Vikings, he posted five-and-a-half sacks last season and looks set to fill a much larger role on the team as Jared Allen appears set to depart.
Cassel agreed to resign with the Vikings as well on Friday last week. His deal is for two years and is worth $10 million. Last year he played in nine games, completing 60.2% of his passes for 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns. He could battle Christian Ponder for playing time in 2014.
Moala will continue his career with the Indianapolis Colts, though the details of his new deal have no been disclosed. He started eight games at defensive end in 2013 and has been a regular member of the Colts’ defense since he was drafted in 2009 in the second round.
There are more than a few Trojans in the NFL who are waiting to receive new contracts, including OL Charles Brown, TE Fred Davis, S Taylor Mays, DL Mike Patterson, LB Keith Rivers, DL Frostee Rucker and WR Damian Williams