Mountaineers in the NFL: 2022 Off-Season NFL Tracker



This NFL offseason has seen several mountaineers find new homes and re-sign with their respective organizations.

Strategist Geno Smith re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason after franchise QB Russell Wilson left for Denver. Smith signed a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus, with $500,000 guaranteed. This will be the first offseason Smith has competed for the starting job since his senior year with the New York Jets in 2016. Smith has backed up for Eli Manning (2017), Phillip Rivers (2018) and Russell Wilson ( 2020-22).

Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Karl Joseph to a one-year contract worth $1,035,000. The safety spent most of his time on the practice squad last season, appearing in two games and recording one pass deflection.

Oakland Raiders selected Joseph 14e overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent four years with the franchise, racking up 236 tackles, including nine tackles for a loss and three sacks, and 15 pass deflections and four interceptions. In 2020, he signed with the Cleveland Browns and continued to ride through the secondary, making 46 tackles, four pass deflections and one interception.

October 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas (29) makes a game-winning interception on a pass to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver AJ Green (18) during the fourth quarter at State Farm Stadium.

Rasul Douglas signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Green Bay Packers, including a $5.3 million signing bonus. Douglas was picked up by the franchise as part of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad midway through the 2021 season, finishing the year with a team-best five interceptions.

Douglas began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles after the franchise drafted the defensive back in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons in Philadelphia before moving to the Carolina Panthers for one season.

Colton McKivitz signed a one-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers in March. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft before signing a four-year rookie contract with the 49ers. The West Virginia left tackle moved to guard in his freshman season. He made nine appearances on the year but played 50% or more snaps on three occasions. He was released a week before the opening weekend of the 2022 season before the 49ers re-signed him to the practice squad. Of note, he made one start in the year, in the last game of the season.

Guardian Marc Glowinski signed a three-year, $18.3 million contract with the New York Giants that included a $4.5 million signing bonus and $11.4 million guaranteed. Glowinski was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He spent three seasons in Seattle before moving to Indianapolis for the final three seasons.

November 29, 2020;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

November 29, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Nick Kwiatkowski signed a one-year contract worth just over $1 million with the Atlanta Falcons.

The linebacker was a fourth-round pick by the Chicago Bears where he spent four seasons earning his place on the court until he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020. He started 12 games, but injuries have begun to plague the five-year veteran, appearing in just eight games last season.

Entering his third season with the Carolina Panthers, Kenny Robinson re-signed a one-year, $610,000 contract with the franchise. When active, the safety has spent most of his time on special teams, appearing in 19 games and totaling 18 tackles in two years in the league.

October 31, 2021;  Inglewood, California, USA;  New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyzir White (44) during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium.

October 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyzir White (44) during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium.

linebacker White Kyzir signed a one-year, $3 million guaranteed contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, including an approximately $1.9 million signing bonus in the offseason.

White was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. White moved up the depth chart after his first two seasons and started to play a bigger role in year three until last season when he started all 17 games and finished the year ranked eighth. of the NFL for tackles (144) and solo tackles (90).

August 29, 2021;  East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver David Sills (84) catches the pass and makes a run defended by New England Patriots defensive back Dee Virgin (38) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium.

August 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver David Sills (84) catches the pass and makes a run defended by New England Patriots defensive back Dee Virgin (38) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium.

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New York Giants re-signed David Sills in March on a one-year contract worth $825,000. Sills made his NFL debut in Week 7 last season and played in four games this year, finishing with two receptions for 17 yards.

Sills signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Bills released Sills before the 2019 season, but the Giants signed him to the practice squad the next day. Sill worked his way to the active roster, followed by a hot offseason but a seasonal injury, and COVID kept the receiver out of the lineup in 2020.

offensive lineman Adam Pankey remains with the Miami Dolphins, signing a one-year, 895k contract. Pankey was a mainstay on the practice squad, starting with the Green Bay Packers his first two seasons, making two appearances. And in three seasons in Miami, he’s seen action in seven games.

Kevin White re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal worth just over $1 million. He made six appearances for the Saints last season and started one, finishing the year with a reception for 38 yards, his first catch in three years.

White was drafted seventh in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. After dealing with injuries in his first three seasons with the Bears, the catcher emerged with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, making three appearances during the season. His first actions since 2018 in the Chicago Bears season finale, where he had a reception for 22 yards.

October 10, 2021;  Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tavon Austin (7) catches a pass in the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field.

October 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tavon Austin (7) catches a pass in the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field.

Tavon Austin signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills for about $1.1 million this offseason. He spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he played in 13 games, started three and had 24 receptions for 213 yards, averaging 8.9 yards per reception, also scored his first touchdown in two years old and rushed for 21 yards on three carries. .

Spain enters its eighth season in the league. The guard is yet to sign with a team after starting for AFC champions Cincinnati Bengals last season. Spain signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2015. After three seasons, he went to Buffalo for three years before landing in Cincinnati.

defensive back Daryl Worley is still looking for accommodation. He bounced around the league over the past two seasons, making appearances for five different franchises, ending with the Baltimore Ravens last year.

Will Grier, Trevon Wesco, David Long and Yodny Cadjus are all entering the final year of their rookie contracts.

In three seasons, trevon wesco played 40 games with the New York Jets, catching six receptions for 40 yards and a few carries for two yards. Meanwhile, Yodny Cajust struggled with injury and played in seven games last season.

Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson (30) is brought down by Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long (51) during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

David Long continues to climb the Tennessee Titans depth chart, making 14 starts over the past two seasons, including nine last year. He finished the 2022 season with 75 tackles, including four tackles for a loss, and a pair of interceptions. Long recorded 144 tackles, eight TFLs and two interceptions during his three-year career after the Titans drafted him in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Carolina Panthers drafted Will Grier in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by then-head coach Ron Rivera. Grier started two games of his rookie season for an injured Cam Newton and hasn’t seen the field since. The following season saw the franchise go in a new direction, hiring a new head coach in Matt Rhule, who brought in Teddy Bridgewater and PJ Walker, then drafted Sam Darnold in the 2021 draft.

Grier signed with the Cowboys in September shortly after the Panther released him in September. He was active on the 53-man roster all last season but saw no action.

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