UPDATE – Former Grizzlies Sign Free Agent NFL Contracts [AUDIO]
UPDATE - Saturday, May 10, 11:00 p.m.
In addition to Montana's Jordan Tripp being drafted by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, four other ex-Grizzlies reportedly signed free-agent contracts with various NFL teams.
According to egriz.com, Linebacker Brock Coyle signed with the Seattle Seahawks, while offensive lineman William Poehls went to the Tennessee Titans, center Kjelby Oiland signed with the Houston Texans and guard Danny Kistler, Jr. went to the Oakland Raiders.
University of Montana standout linebacker Jordan Tripp became the 171st player selected in the 2014 NFL draft.
Tripp was selected in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins. He will join former Grizzly Jimmy Wilson on the Dolphin Defense.
Windemere Realtor Brint Wahlberg follows Grizzly football closely, and contributes regularly to the fan site egriz.com. Wahlberg said the Dolphins were excited to get Tripp because of his size and versatility.
"Tripp can play both inside and outside linebacker," Wahlberg said. "They could decide to put a little more weight on him and put him inside. That was why everyone was raving about Jordy, because of his versatility and his athleticism and his size. He's got a good-sized frame, so he could be a middle linebacker, too. And, because he's also a long-snapper, he could be challenging to start right away on special teams."
Wahlberg said the average salary for a player selected in the fifth round will be substantial, especially for a young man in his early 20's from Missoula, Montana.
"I believe the average salary over four years for a fifth-round pick is a little over $2.5 million, and he'll probably get a signing bonus of around $188,000," Wahlberg said. "You can't complain about that."
Other Grizzlies who have gone on to play for the Miami Dolphins, aside from Jimmy Wilson who is still on the team, include Doug Betters, Dan Carpenter, Lex Hilliard, Cory Proctor and Tuff Harris.
Still awaiting a call is fellow Grizzly linebacker Brock Coyle, who had a very impressive pro-day and had many scouts talking that he might be one of the most overlooked players available in the draft.