Just last month, the U.S. Navy denied Midshipmen cornerback Cameron Kinley the opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL.
Kinley attempted to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent. Unfortunately, the U.S. Navy decided to put his NFL career on hold.
Thankfully, United State Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reversed that decision this week. He announced that Kinley will be able to sign with the Buccaneers and participate in training camp.
Not long after the decision was announced, President Joe Biden released a statement.
Today, I was pleased to learn from Secretary of Defense Austin that he has granted Cameron Kinley’s request to pursue a playing career in the National Football League prior to his service as a naval officer.
I am confident that Cameron will represent the Navy well in the NFL, just as he did as a standout athlete and class president at the Naval Academy. After his NFL career is over, he will continue to make us proud as an officer in the United States Navy.
Earlier this summer, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians made it clear he hoped Kinley would be able to play for the team.
“If he can get free by training camp,” Arians said, “we’d love to have him back.”
“He’s obviously very, very important to the Navy. It’s kind of a catch-22. I know he wants to attempt to be a professional football player, but he obviously means a ton to the Navy. So I’ll leave that up to them. Would love to have him, because I thought he showed promising signs when he was here.”
Now he’ll get to see Kinley compete for a spot on the roster.