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Former NC State Players in the NFL: Contract Report

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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

 

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Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette

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Former NC State Point Guard Justin Gainey (1997-00) has been hired by Marquette as their Associate Head Coach, serving along head coach Steve Wojciechowski, the former Duke point guard.

“We are excited to welcome Justin and the Gainey family back to Marquette,” Wojciechowski said.  “Justin is one of the nation’s top rising coaches and his talents, ability to build meaningful relationships and myriad of experiences alongside some of the game’s best teachers will serve our program, and most importantly our players, incredibly well.” (Link)

This isn’t Gainey’s first stint at Marquette, serving as Director of Operations from 2014-17. The past two seasons, Gainey served as an Assistant Coach with Sean Miller at Arizona. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara for one season with his former head coach at NC State, Herb Sendek.

Gainey’s coaching career began at NC State, where he served as Director of Operations for three seasons (2006-09), and then he went on to work at Appalachian State and Elon as well.

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Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19

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Former NC State Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. never forgets where he came from. The New York Knicks Point Guard is always showing love for Fayetteville, North Carolina.

According to Ian Begley, DSJ is providing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and 32 computers for local students in Fayetteville.

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Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization

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Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizner enters the 2020 season ranked as the #6 prospect in the Cardinals organization.

Knizner was drafted in the 7th round by St. Louis in 2016, and was called up for the 1st time to the Big Leagues last year, when Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list.

The jump wasn’t an easy one, with Knizner hitting .226 in 18 games.

Despite some time in the Majors at the end of last season, Knizner will begin 2020 in Triple-A Memphis, where he has already played 83 games, hitting .283.

Cardinals legend Molina is back to full strength, and backup Matt Wieters was signed to a 1-year deal, meaning it’s not quite time for Knizner.

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Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Will Wilson will is entering the 2020 baseball season ranked as the #10 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization.

After being drafted by the Angels with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft last year, Wilson hit .275 in 46 games of Rookie ball with the Orem Owlz.

In December, the Angels traded him to the Giants.

In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).

Wilson is the 3rd highest draft pick in NC State history, and only the 2nd batter to be drafted in the 1st round, alongside another shortstop who is currently in the league as well: Trea Turner.

According to MLB.com, Wilson is expected to make it to the Majors in 2022.

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