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Former NC State Players in the NFL: Contract Report



The 2019 NFL season kicked off last night, and NC State has 20 former players on active NFL rosters. Here’s a rundown of each players contract situation.

Center Garrett Bradbury (1st season) – 4 years/$12.9 million/$7.4 million signing bonus/$12.9 million guaranteed/$7.9 million career earnings

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (4th season) – 2 years (1st year)/$30 million/$13 million signing bonus/$20 million guaranteed/$4.5 million career earnings (prior to new contract)

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (2nd season) – 4 years (2nd year)/$27.3 million/$17.9 million signing bonus/$27.3 million guaranteed/$20.1 million career earnings

Punter A.J. Cole (1st season) – 3 years/$1.8 million/$2,500 signing bonus/$2,500 guaranteed/$497,500 guaranteed

Quarterback Ryan Finley (1st season) – 4 years/$3.3 million/$789,656 signing bonus/$789,656 guaranteed/$1.3 million career earnings

Quarterback Mike Glennon (7th season) – 1 year/$1.95 million/$400,000 signing bonus/$1.4 million guaranteed/$29.3 million career earnings

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (1st season) – 4 years/$2.6 million/$127,840 signing bonus/$127,840 guaranteed/$622,840 career earnings

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (12th season) – 2 years (1st year)/$8 million/$1.875 million signing bonus/$5.025 million guaranteed/$23.7 million career earnings

Running Back Nyheim Hines (2nd season) – 4 years (2nd year)/$3.2 million/$724,547 signing bonus/$724,547 guaranteed/$1.775 million career earnings

Defensive End B.J. Hill (2nd season) – 4 years (2nd year)/$4.05 million/$1,029,516 signing bonus/$1,029,516 guaranteed/$2.174 million career earnings

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (2nd season) – 4 years (2nd year)/$3.6 million/$854,140 signing bonus/$854,140 guaranteed/$1.955 million career earnings

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (10th season) – 1 year/$1.02 million/$90,000 signing bonus/$90,000 guaranteed/$12.664 million career earnings

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (1st season) – 3 years/$1.765 million/$10,000 signing bonus/$60,000 guaranteed/$505,000 career earnings

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (1st season) – 4 years/$4.08 million/$1,052,884 signing bonus/$1,052,884 guaranteed/$1.55 million career earnings

Offensive Guard Will Richardson (2nd season) – 4 years (2nd year)/$3.062 million/$602,792 signing bonus/$602,792 guaranteed/$1.577 million career earnings

Quarterback Philip Rivers (16th season) – 4 years (4th year)/$83.25 million/$22.5 million signing bonus/$65 million guaranteed/$218.92 million career earnings

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (2nd season) – 4 years (2nd year)/$2.72 million/$258,066 signing bonus/$258,066 guaranteed/$1.31 million career earnings

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (8th season) – 2 years (1st year)/$8 million/$3 million signing bonus/$3 million guaranteed/$25.2 million career earnings

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (4th season) – 4 years (4th year)/$3.2 million/$773,428 signing bonus/$773,428 guaranteed/$5.12 million career earnings

Quarterback Russell Wilson (8th season) – 4 years (1st year)/$140 million/$65 million signing bonus/$107 million guaranteed/$109.4 million career earnings


Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is Receiving Interest from NFL Teams



Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is receiving interest from NFL teams. Thus far, those teams are the Rams, Chargers, 49ers, and Broncos.

Last season as a Senior, Jackson had 40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 12 games for the Wolfpack. His Run Defense grade on PFF was 80.6, ranking 4th on the team.

According to current projections, Jackson projects to be taken on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, or picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent.

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Former All-NC State Forward Richard Howell Named Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach at Green Hope



Former All-ACC NC State Forward Richard Howell has been named the new Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach at Green Hope High School right down the road in Cary, North Carolina.

“I am thrilled to join the Green Hope family and lead the varsity men’s basketball team,” Coach Howell expressed. “My journey in basketball has been incredibly rewarding, and I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for the game with the talented athletes at Green Hope.”

Principal Alison Cleveland commented on the hire, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Coach Howell to Green Hope High School. His impressive background and dedication to the game will undoubtedly inspire our student-athletes to reach new heights both on and off the court.” (Green Hope)

Howell earned 1st Team All-ACC honors as a member of the Wolfpack back in 2013, when he averaged 12.7 points and 10.9 boards per game. His 1,055 career rebounds rank 5th in NC State history, and his 392 offensive boards rank 1st.

On December 15th, 2012, Howell snagged 19 rebounds, which is tied for the 2nd most in a single game in program history. Howell played 132 career games for the Wolfpack, which ranks 5th in NC State history.

After graduating from NC State, Howell had a couple of stints in the D-League (now called the G-League), but ultimately had a long career overseas, playing in Italy, France, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Israel from 2013-2023.

Congratulations Richard! Raise up some talent and send them down the road to NC State!

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T-Wolves Sign Former NC State Forward TJ Warren for Remainder of the Season



Back during the first week of March, former All-ACC NC State Forward TJ Warren signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. After finding success as a scoring option off the bench, the T-Wolves signed him to another 10-day contract.

With only 11 games remaining in the regular season, Minnesota went ahead and signed him for the rest of regular season yesterday.

In the 7 games Warren has played for the T-Wolves, he has averaged 4.1 points per game in 14.0 minutes of play, shooting 47.8% from the field and 38.2% from beyond the arc.

Warren has not played in Minnesota’s past two games, but he has a chance to prove his worth once again tonight in the T-Wolves matchup vs. the Pistons. As things currently stand, Minnesota sits in 3rd place in the Western Conference.

Here’s a look at the former ACC Player of the Year’s stats over 10 seasons.

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Former NC State All-American Nyheim Hines Signs 1-Year Deal With Cleveland



Former NC State All-American Nyheim Hines has signed a 1-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth up to $3.5 million.

Maybe Cleveland will use Hines to his full potential. If you’re not using him as a Swiss Army Knife in the passing game, you’re wasting an opportunity.

The former All-ACC Running Back Hines missed all of last season due to a torn ACL he suffered in a boating accident.

This will be Hines’ 7th season in the NFL.

When you look at what former NC State players have done in the NFL, Hines ranks in the Top-10 in Rushing and Receiving.

His 1,015 rushing yards ranks 7th in school history and his 10 rushing touchdowns rank 9th. Hines’ 240 receptions rank 8th and his 1,778 receiving yards rank 10th.

In the return game, he’s one of the best to represent NC State in the NFL as well. His 1,015 punt return yards ranks 2nd in school history and his 817 kickoff return yards rank 6th. Hines’ 2 punts returned for TD’s ranks 3rd, and his 2 kickoffs taken to the house ranks 1st.


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