Tucker and Bishop Sign NFL Undrafted Free Agent Contracts
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/26/2010

April 26, 2010

Bear Blog

BERKELEY - Former Cal football players wide receiver Verran Tucker and linebacker Devin Bishop signed NFL undrafted free agent contract with Dallas and Denver on Monday, respectively. Tucker will join former Cal teammates offensive linemen Chet Teofilo and Mike Tepper in Dallas after both offensive linemen signed free agent contracts with the Cowboys on Saturday.

Safety Brett Johnson has also signed a free agent contract with Buffalo, while safety Marcus Ezeff has not signed a contract but has a workout scheduled next week with the New York Jets.

In addition to the six undrafted players that will get a look in the NFL, Cal had three players selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. Defensive lineman Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars, 10th overall) and tailback Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions, 30th overall) were both chosen in the first round last Thursday. Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson (Denver Broncos, 225th overall) was picked up in the seventh round Saturday.

Tucker made 50 catches for 815 yards (16.3 ypc) and caught four touchdown passes in two seasons at Cal from 2008-09, playing in 23 contests with 13 starts after transferring in from two-year school El Camino College. He ranked second on the Bears in yards receiving in both of his campaigns at Cal, catching 29 balls for 453 yards as a senior after making 21 receptions for 362 yards (team high 17.2 ypc) and three touchdowns during his junior season. His 29 receptions in his final campaign were also second on the club.

Former Cal linebacker Devin Bishop signed an NFL undrafted free agent contract with the Denver Broncos on Monday.

"Verran is a tough receiver with the ability to catch the ball in traffic," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "We only had him for two years at Cal after he transferred in from junior college, but he made great strides during that time."

Bishop started nine games with the Bears as a senior in 2009 and contributed 56 tackles to rank fourth on the team, while adding 4.5 tackles for loss (-28 yards), 2.5 sacks (-22 yards) and one pass breakup. He transferred to Cal from San Francisco City College prior to the 2008 season and made 13 tackles in 12 games off the bench in his first season with the Bears.

"I'm really excited to get this opportunity with Denver," said Bishop. "I just want to go up there and show them what I can do and prove to them that I'm a good football player. When they called with a number that I didn't recognize, I said `this is going to be my shot.'"

Check back on CalBears.com and the Bear Blog to find out if any additional former Cal players sign NFL undrafted free agent contracts or hook on with a team from another professional football league in the upcoming days.