By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State safety Jeron Johnson has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks, he said Monday night.
Nickel Winston Venable has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears, he said.
Defensive end Ryan Winterswyk agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons and will play tight end, he said.
The NFL has said undrafted free agents can’t sign until Tuesday morning, but negotiations began almost immediately after the lockout ended Monday.
“Once the phone started ringing, it seemed like it didn’t stop,” Johnson said.
Said Venable: “It’s definitely a relief, a long time waiting and a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of work that I put in to get to this point but now I think the real work is about to start. I’ve got to be ready to compete and make this team.”
Quarterback Mike Coughlin posted on Twitter that it “looks like I’m going to be a (Tampa Bay) Buc. I’m ready for this challenge. It’s been far too long.”
Tight end Tommy Gallarda said he was advised not to talk about his situation until Tuesday, when it becomes official, but he expects to sign with an NFL team.