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Former Gators forward David Lee to undergo MRI following knee injury

Former Gators and current San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee went to the floor in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 120-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors, and he wasn’t able to return to the court. Now, the official diagnosis has come in and it appears Lee’s season is over. Sources told ESPN that Lee has been diagnosed with a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee and will undergo an MRI today to confirm the diagnosis. My… Read More »

Caleb Brantley signs four-year rookie deal with Cleveland Browns

Former Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley fell all the way to the sixth round in last month’s NFL Draft, and it’s no secret why the projected second-round pick fell to the Cleveland Browns. But after learning Wednesday he won’t face charges, Brantley signed a four-year, $2.58-million rookie deal with the Browns on Friday afternoon. Brantley’s contract carries no guaranteed money. Caleb Brantley signs with Browns https://t.co/jtovSb7rPu — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 19, 2017 By comparison, former Alabama defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson… Read More »

Five former Gators sign as free agents following 2017 NFL Draft

The Florida Gators had eight players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, including linebacker Jarrad Davis to the Detroit Lions with the 21st overall selection. In addition, five former Gators signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Shortly after the draft concluded Sunday, quarterback Austin Appleby announced he had signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. announced he had finalized a deal with the Carolina Panthers. Beyond thankful for the opportunity and I am absolutely jacked… Read More »

NFL Draft 2017: UF players and coaches react to Lions drafting LB Jarrad Davis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft featured a number of surprises, including the Chicago Bears trading up to select former North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick. But if one thing was consistent with the first round, it was the SEC’s prevalence throughout the night. The conference had 12 former players selected Thursday night, tying the all-time national record. The Gators joined Alabama and Texas A&M as the only SEC programs to produce a… Read More »

Results: Gators at the 2017 NFL Combine

Alex Anzalone Postion: Linebacker Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 241 lbs Arm length: 32 1/8” Hand length: 9 1/8” 225-pound bench press: 16 Vertical jump: 30.5” Broad jump: 9’8” 40-yard dash: 4.63s 20-yard shuttle: 4.25s 3-cone drill: 6.88s 60-yard shuttle: 11.71s Turning dreams into a reality pic.twitter.com/fU9rSrUM5I — Alex Anzalone (@AlexAnzalone34) March 6, 2017 Caleb Brantley Postion: Defensive lineman Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 307 lbs. Arm length: 32” Hand length: 9 ¾” 225-pound bench press: 21 Vertical jump: 27” Broad jump: 8’9” 40-yard… Read More »

Eight Gators receive invites to NFL Scouting Combine

The Gators will be on full display at next week’s NFL combine. The NFL Scouting Combine, held for players likely to be drafted in the NFL Draft in April, will get underway in Indianapolis on Feb. 28 and conclude March 6. The NFL released the full list of invitees, revealing eight Gators have been invited to perform in front of NFL scouts. Despite having their senior seasons cut short by injuries, defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr., linebacker Jarrad Davis and safety Marcus Maye… Read More »

Former Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin returning to NFL

Former Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin is headed back to the NFL, according to his agent Greg Barnett. My client Percy Harvin has come out of retirement to sign with the Buffalo Bills for the remainder of the season! — Greg Barnett (@gbo74) November 1, 2016 The 28-year-old announced his retirement in April after a series of injuries limited his production with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills currently sit at 4-4, good for 2nd in the AFC East behind the… Read More »

WATCH: Tim Tebow hits a home run in first instructional league game

When Tim Tebow announced he would be pursuing a career in professional baseball, the skeptics came out of the woodwork in droves. Tebow, who last played baseball as a dual-sport athlete at Nease High in Jacksonville, has been out of the NFL for several years. But he’s stayed in shape, and his name alone brought 28 professional scouts to his tryout. He agreed to a deal with the New York Mets — which reportedly included a $100,000 signing bonus —… Read More »

Al Horford reportedly signing four-year, $113 million contract to join Boston Celtics

Former Gators continue to get paid, as Al Horford has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $113-million contract with the Boston Celtics. Horford, 30, played his first eight seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, who Saturday agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million contract with Atlanta-native Dwight Howard. Celtic Pride!!!!!! — Al Horford (@Al_Horford) July 2, 2016 The Hawks took Horford with the No. 3 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, and they’re looking to return to the playoffs after securing the No.… Read More »

Joakim Noah reportedly joining New York Knicks on four-year, $72 million contract

Following the news Bradley Beal and Chandler Parsons had signed maximum contracts, another former Gator has followed suit. The Vertical and ESPN reported Friday that Joakim Noah has agreed to the frameworks of a four-year/$72 million contract with the New York Knicks. If the contract gets signed, Noah will be reunited with his former Chicago Bulls teammate, Derrick Rose. BREAKING: C Joakim Noah agrees to 4-year, $72 million deal with the New York Knicks. (via @ramonashelburne) pic.twitter.com/e7xurjryhx — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)… Read More »