Here are the WVUPros in the NFL who will be available as free-agents this offseason.
- Tavon Austin – Austin spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys after being traded from the Rams in a draft day deal. He played only seven games due to injuries during the Regular Season and in both Playoff games for Dallas where he totaled 195 yards from scrimmage. He likely does not figure into the Cowboys’ future plans and will sign elsewhere.
- Kevin White – After an injury-plagued start to his career in Chicago, White has the chance to start over. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora listed white as a “Most Bang for the Buck” free-agent:
“He needs to get out of Chicago, badly, after barely seeing the field since being drafted seventh overall in 2015,” La Canfora wrote. “He can’t stay healthy, but has world-class speed and I will always take a flier on that. The metrics that made him so attractive coming out of West Virginia should still be there. He remains raw, but should come cheap and this just smells like the kind of guy Bill Belichick would be all over. Perhaps even as a replacement for Patterson, who, what do you know, was a buy-cheap guy for the Pats after being labeled a first-round bust with the Vikings.”
- Bruce Irvin – After signing with his hometown Atlanta Falcons after a bizarre start to the season with the Jon Gruden led Raiders, Irvin is on the free-agent market once again. He finished with 6.5 sacks on the year, and his pass-rushing prowess should make him a popular target this offseason. I’ve already seen rumblings of various teams who may want Irvin’s talents.
- Geno Smith – Smith backed up Philip Rivers last season with the Chargers, Smith will be looking for a team where he might have a chance to start. This is a strong free-agent class for backup quarterbacks, so competition will be strong for any of those. He could opt to return to L.A. as Rivers’ understudy.
- Najee Goode – As a member of the resurgent Colts, Goode provided veteran leadership to a very young linebacking corps and was, as usual, a key contributor on special teams. He is a good candidate to be re-signed.
- Adam Pankey – Big Pank is an Exclusive Rights Free-Agent with Green Bay. He will have to wait and see if the Packers extend an offer to him before looking at another team. If they tender him an offer, he has to accept it or not play at all next season.
- Quinton Spain – Since going undrafted, Spain has proven himself as a solid blocker on the O-line in Tennessee. The organization values him, but he may want to see what his value is on the free-agent market before accepting a hometown offer.