Boise State undrafted free agents Johnson, Venable, Winterswyk, Coughlin, Gallarda land NFL jobs

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.

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Congratulations, guys!

Best of luck!

That's awesome!

I was surprised Jeron Johnson didn't get drafted, but this is still good. Grats to all theose guys!

Very glad to hear it.

Very glad to hear it. Congrats to all!

Love Jeron


EIGHT and counting - so far

That makes EIGHT Seniors from last season's Boise State football team who have made it to the N.F.L. this year.
2011 N.F.L. Draftees
WR - Austin Pettis - St. Louis Rams
WR - Titus Young - Detroit Lions
DB - Brandyn Thompson - Washington Redskins

2011 N.F.L. Free Agents
QB - Mike Coughlin - Tampa Bay Buckaneers
S - Jeron Johnson - Seattle Seahawks
TE - Ryan Winterswyk - Atlanta Falcons
TE - Tommy Gallarda - Jacksonville Jaguars
S - Winston Venable - Chicago Bears

And there are still other players off of last year's team who MIGHT still be signed to free agent contracts such as:

LB - Derrell Acrey
S - Jason Robinson
RB - Jeremy Avery
OG - Will Lawrence