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Chargers Sign CB Dontae Johnson

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Former NC State Cornerback Dontae Johnson was  signed by the Los Angeles Chargers yesterday.

Johnson reunited with the 49ers this offseason, the team that drafted him in the 4th round back in 2014. Johnson played his first 4 seasons in San Francisco, even starting all 16 games in 2017. He signed a free agent deal with the Seahawks before last season and was expected to start, but was put on the IR right away, and released briefly after. After that, Johnson signed with the Bills and Cardinals during the season, but never saw the field. This offseason, he signed with the Chiefs and was released, and eventually signed with the Niners in May, but was released, even though he had 3 interceptions during the preseason.

With the addition of Johnson, there are three former Wolfpack football players on the Chargers, joining Quarterback Philip Rivers and Defensive Tackle Justin Jones.

Johnson was scooped up because LA had to put CB Trevor Williams on the IR with a quad injury.

NC State now has 22 former players on active NFL rosters.

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 All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines to be Released by the Bills

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Former NC State All-ACC Running Back Nyheim Hines is going to be released by the Buffalo Bills.

Hines was under contract for one more season in Buffalo, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He was set to make $4.06 million this season with the Bills.

Hines will always be remembered by the Bills Mafia for returning a kickoff for a touchdown, in the first play in the game after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the game before.

Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to suffering a Torn ACL in a boating accident in the offseason, but he is expected to be ready by Training Camp.

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The Denver Broncos Are Releasing Russell Wilson

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Everyone saw this coming, but the Denver Broncos officially announced they will be releasing former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson on March 13th.

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Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.

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The Broncos didn’t want to continue with Wilson as their starting Quarterback, no matter how much it cost. Denver will take on $85 million in Dead Cap, which is an NFL record. In fact, it’s more than the prior two Dead Cap records combined.

Largest dead cap hits in NFL history:
Russell Wilson ($85M)
Matt Ryan ($40.53M)
Aaron Rodgers ($40.31M)
Carson Wentz ($33.8M)
Russell Wilson, again ($26M)

By releasing him now, they are saving themselves from paying Wilson an additional $37 million in guaranteed money.

Where will Wilson play next season? According to Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds on favorite to acquire Wilson’s services.

The thought by many, is that Wilson is expected to sign for the league minimum, which is $1.21 million, because the Broncos will still be paying him his 2024 salary.

It will be interesting to say the least to see how this unfolds.

 

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Dylan McMahon Represented NC State on the NFL Combine Yesterday

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NC State Center Dylan McMahon will be showing off his athletic ability later today (1pm) at the NFL Combine, but yesterday he took to the podium. Check out some of what he had to say.

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Former NC State WR Jerricho Cotchery Named Head Coach at Limestone University

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Former All-ACC NC State Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has been named the Head Coach at Limestone University.

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Cotchery has spent the past 2 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Limestone, helping lead them to a 16-8 record over that span. Limestone’s conference record the past two years was 15-3, finishing as co-champs of the Piedmont Division of South Atlantic Conference both years.

After playing 12 years in the NFL, Cotchery served as the Carolina Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach from 2017-19.

Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in receiving yards, trailing only Torry Holt. He also ranks 4th in receptions.

Congrats Jerricho!

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