Marrow, VanDerMeulen, Manley sign with NFL teamsWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A trio of Rockets have signed professional contracts as free agents following the NFL Draft.
Cornerback Desmond Marrow has signed with the Houston Texans, and offensive tackles Mike VanDerMeulen and Philip Manley have inked deals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.
The Texans did not draft a cornerback in this year’s draft and had interest in Marrow for some time now. Marrow said he chose the Texans over five other teams, including Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Tampa Bay. Houston finished as the AFC South Champions in 2012 and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Baltimore.
“It’s a great place and a great organization,” Marrow said. “I loved my visit down there.”
VanDerMeulen said he chose between Tampa Bay and San Francisco but in the end it was the Buccaneers where he felt was the best fit. The Buccaneers finished 4-12 in 2012 and did not take a lineman in the draft.
“The Bucs had shown the most interest from the beginning,” VanDerMeulen said. “I had the opportunity to talk to the offensive line coach along the way, and they just felt like the best fit. I’m very excited about it.”
Manley signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons after choosing among a few other teams. The Falcons, which finished 10-6 in 2012 and lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, took a center in the second round and a tackle in the third round with their first two picks.
“I’m just excited to get picked up by a great team, and I’m looking forward to working hard and earning a spot on the team,” Manley said.