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Trojans NFL free agency tracker

3/18/2012

Here’s an update of the former USC players who were free agents this year in the NFL. The free-agent signing period began on Tuesday:

WR Keary Colbert

2011 team: Kansas City Chiefs

2011 stats: Nine catches, 89 yards

NFL experience: Six years

Status: Unrestricted free agent, released by Chiefs, has not signed yet with any team.

TE Fred Davis

2011 team: Washington Redskins

2011 stats: 59 catches, 796 yards, 3 TD’s (missed four games due to suspension)

NFL experience: Four years

Status: The Redskins put the franchise tag on Davis for 2012. A long-term contract is rumored as a possibility as Davis is expected to play a bigger role with new (expected) Washington QB Robert Griffin III.

QB Matt Leinart

2011 team: Houston Texans

2011 stats: 10-13, 57 yards, one touchdown

NFL experience: Six years

Status: All of Leinart’s stats in 2011 came on Nov. 27 vs Jacksonville, when he started in place of the injured Matt Schaub. Leinart got hurt in that game and was out for the remainder of the year. He is an unrestricted free agent and was released by the Texans. He has yet to sign with another team.

OG Deuce Lutui

2011 team: Arizona Cardinals

NFL experience: Six years

Status: Spent the 2011 season as a reserve after starting at guard for the previous five years with the Cardinals. An unrestricted free agent, he was released by the team after concerns about his weight. Lutui has yet to sign with another team.

OG Chilo Rachal

2011 team: San Francisco 49’ers

NFL experience: Four years

Status: Rachal lost his starting job midway through the 2011 season. He is an unrestricted free agent who was released by the 49ers and has yet to sign with another team.

DE Frostee Rucker

2011 team: Cincinnati Bengals

2011 stats: Four sacks (career high) in 11 starts

NFL experience: Six years

Status: Rucker signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. The deal is reported to be five years, $21 million ($8 million guaranteed).

WR Steve Smith

2011 team: Philadelphia Eagles

2011 stats: 11 catches, 124 yards, one touchdown

NFL experience: Five years

Status: Smith signed a one-year deal prior to the 2011 season with the Eagles following knee surgery in 2010 when he was with the Giants. He was released recently by the Eagles and had a workout and physical last week with the St. Louis Rams but has yet to sign with a team.

CB Terrell Thomas

2011 team: New York Giants

2011 stats: None, missed season with knee injury

NFL experience: Four years

Status: Despite missing the Super Bowl season, Thomas was one of the top priorities for the Giants to re-sign and they did that just before the start of the free agency season last week. Thomas signed a four-year deal for $17.4 million with incentives that could push the contract value to $28 million.