Free agency in the NFL has taken the sports world by storm, as several marquee players have changed teams. Considering that Penn State regularly produces top prospects in football, it’s no surprise that some former Nittany Lions were on the move.
One of the first Penn State alums to change teams this offseason is Adrian Amos. The star safety signed a four-year deal with the Green Bay Packers, worth $37 million.
Although Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson receive most of the credit for Chicago’s elite defense in 2018, Amos was equally important. In fact, his versatility in the secondary is the reason teams were in line for his services.
Packers are giving former Bears’ safety Adrian Amos a 4-year, $37 million deal that includes $14 million in year one and $21 million in first two years of deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
Amos isn’t the only former Penn State product leaving his original team this free agency. It turns out that Cameron Wake is moving on from the Miami Dolphins.
Wake has become the heart and soul of Miami’s defense for the last decade, but he’ll now take his talents to Tennessee. He’ll earn $23 million over the next three years with the Titans.
The Titans have made multiple moves this offseason in an effort to improve their playoff chances.
— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2019
Another Penn State alum switching teams for next season is Jesse James, who signed a four-year deal, worth $25 million with the Detroit Lions.
James found himself splitting time at tight end with Vance McDonald in Pittsburgh. However, Detroit is giving him the opportunity to shine in a starting role.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 14, 2019
While a few NFL players from Penn State have found new homes in free agency, Donovan Smith got an extension from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The left tackle will make roughly over $41 million over the next three seasons.
All smiles as Bucs tackle Donovan Smith discusses his new three-year, $41.2-million extension with general manager Jason Licht. pic.twitter.com/pzC4WjmpnL
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 6, 2019
Former Nittany Lion Robbie Gould will also remain with his current team as the San Francisco 49ers applied the franchise tag for 2019.
Kyle Shanahan said franchise tag guarantees Robbie Gould will kick go #49ers this season. Sides continue to talk about multi-year extension.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) February 27, 2019
The final Penn State alum to reach an agreement this offseason is Ross Travis, who will return to the Indianapolis Colts.
We have signed TE Ross Travis to a one-year contract extension. https://t.co/zJakeMab4B
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 26, 2019
Although the first wave of free agency is over, a plethora of impact players remain available on the open market. That includes former Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.