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Two former Mountaineers ink NFL contracts

Since the beginning of NFL free agency, Kyzir White and Rasul Douglas have inked new contracts, securing their NFL futures.

Last week, former Mountaineer safety Kyzir White signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that is reportedly worth up to $5 million.

Along with White, former Mountaineer cornerback Rasul Douglas signed a three-year extension with the Green Bay Packers worth $21 million. Douglas is coming off of his breakout season, registering five interceptions and two touchdowns. 

Douglas caught attention from around the league in week eight when he sealed the Packers’ win over the Cardinals with his first interception of the season. After that, he was a key player in Green Bay’s defense.

Last season, the Packers were the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but failed to win in their home divisional playoff game.

As for White, he has flown under the radar thus far in his career. In 2018, he was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Chargers, where he was moved to outside linebacker. He started three games his rookie season before missing the remainder with a hamstring injury.

Though he has battled through injuries, he has grown into a consistent tackler in the NFL.

While the Chargers lacked depth on defense this past season, White was an unsung bright spot. After starting every game, he finished eighth in the league in tackles with 144 total, 90 solo and seven for loss. He also tallied two interceptions.

According to Pro Football Reference, White had a 5.3% missed tackle percentage and tallied 44 stops.

One particular player that is fond of white is veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who was teammates with White for the past two seasons. Harris believes White deserved more out of his contract.

White will not be the only new linebacker on the Eagles. He will be joining Haason Reddick as a first-year player for a defense that was very thin at the linebacker position last season.

The Eagles’ defense has some key pieces and is widely expected to make defensive improvements in the draft. After a defensive struggle last season, White can help them turn things around.

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