The Indianapolis Colts signed 19 undrafted free agents yesterday, including former Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall.
Hall started 31 games for the Buckeyes and has played alongside two of the Colts’ picks in this year’s draft — offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and defensive end-linebacker Jonathan Newsome, who started his career at Ohio State but transferred to Ball State.
But Hall might be best known for making an obscene gesture toward Michigan fans after becoming involved in a second-quarter skirmish between the rivals in November in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hall was ejected.
As a fifth-year senior, Hall started 13 of 14 games and was named all-Big Ten honorable mention.
According to the Charlotte Observer, two of Hall’s former teammates, receiver Corey Brown and offensive lineman Andrew Norwell, signed with the Carolina Panthers as undrafted free agents. And Cleveland.com reported that defensive back C.J. Barnett signed with the New York Giants.
Late Saturday, there were reports that former Buckeyes backup quarterback Kenny Guiton signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but Guiton’s name was not included on a list of 15 undrafted free agents signed by the Vikings that was released by the team on Saturday night.
A name that was on the list was Olentangy High graduate Zach Kerin, a center who played at Toledo.
Other players with local ties who signed as undrafted free agents included Upper Arlington graduate Blake Annen, a tight end who played at Cincinnati and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles; Pickerington North graduate Alex Bayer, a tight end from Bowling Green who signed with the St. Louis Rams; and Reynoldsburg graduate Roosevelt Nix, a defensive lineman from Kent State who signed with the Atlanta Falcons, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dolphins player is fined for tweet about Sam
Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones was fined an undisclosed amount and will undergo educational training after sending a negative tweet about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.
Shortly after the St. Louis Rams took Sam in the seventh round on Saturday, Jones tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible.” The tweets were taken down a short time later.
Yesterday, Jones apologized for his comments and described them as inappropriate. The Dolphins said Jones has been excused from all team activities until he completes training related to his tweets.
The organization reacted swiftly to Jones’ comments in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal last year, which inspired a nationwide debate about workplace harassment.