At least seven former Louisiana college football standouts signed or agreed to NFL contracts Tuesday as teams were finally allowed to make deals with undrafted free agents after a new collective bargaining agreement was approved by the NFL Players Association on Monday.
Three former LSU players topped the list as wide receiver Terrence Toliver, kicker Josh Jasper and running back Richard Murphy landed contract offers Tuesday, nearly three months after they were bypassed in the draft.
Southern University defensive tackle Jordan Miller was also among the others who agreed to a deal.
Baton Rouge native Devin Holland, of McNeese State, was also among the signees.
Toliver, the most valuable offensive player of the Tigers’ 41-24 thrashing of Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl last January, elected to stay close to his hometown of Hempstead, Texas, when he agreed to sign with the Houston Texans.
While the Texans didn’t announce the players they’ve agreed to terms with, the Houston Chronicle reported that Toliver, who closed his LSU career by catching five passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns in the win over A&M, was among the players they’ve lined up.
Jasper, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick last season, accepted an offer from the Tampa Bay Bucs, agent Bus Cook confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Jasper is the most accurate field-goal kicker in LSU history and ranks second in SEC history after connecting on 83.9 percent (47 of 56) of his field-goal tries. Last season, Jasper tied for the SEC lead in points with 120 in going 28-of-34 on field goals.
Murphy, who was hampered by injuries throughout his LSU career, was one of 24 players signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars according to a release from the team.
Miller signed with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday after leading the Jaguars defense last season with nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
A native of Upper Marlboro, Md., and the son of Southern graduates, Miller played just one year of high school football before joining the SU program as a walk-on defensive lineman in 2007.
Holland, a defensive back, signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
He played two years at McNeese after transferring from Tulane. As a senior he was credited with 27 tackles, five tackles for a loss and a sack.
McNeese linebacker Deron Minor also signed with the Bears. The Beaumont, Texas native had 345 tackles to rank seventh on McNeese’s all-time list.
The other signees from state schools were UL-Lafayette safety Maurice Rolle and Tulane tackle Pete Hendrickson, who both agreed to terms with the Texans, and Louisiana Tech wide receiver/kick returner Phillip Livas, who received a deal from the Miami Dolphins.
Rolle played in only six games for ULL last fall because of a leg injury, but helped himself at his Pro Day workout in March when he posted a time of 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash. The Lauderhill, Fla., native had one interception and 17 tackles last season.
The 6-foot-8, 314-pound Hendrickson, a resident of Tampa, Fla., started the last 36 games for Tulane and was a second-team All-Conference USA pick by Phil Steele.
Livas, a Houma native who attended South Terrebonne High School, is Louisiana Tech’s leader in career kick-return yards (2,758) and tied the NCAA record for punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns with eight.
Perryn Keyes contributed to this report.