Three Bulls hope to play overseas
Three former USF defensive linemen, one season removed from their college playing days, are hoping to land summer jobs overseas with NFL Europe.
Defensive end Jon Simmons was selected in the 14th round of this week's NFL Europe free-agent draft by the Cologne Centurions, and he'll report March 10 to their preseason camp at the University of Tampa.
"Everybody I've talked to that has played over there said it's a great time," said Simmons, who has not played since the 2005 season but has worked hard to keep himself in playing shape. "I've been training hard, making sure I was ready if an opportunity like this came up."
Simmons said fellow defensive lineman Craig Kobel has been allocated to Cologne by the Philadelphia Eagles, who signed him to a free-agent contract after the season. Simmons said another member of their graduating class, defensive tackle Tim Jones, has signed with the Amsterdam Admirals, who will practice at USF next month.
Three other USF grads are listed on the NFL Europe rosters online: tackle Levi Newton, who missed last season with injury, has been allocated by Detroit to Cologne, and running back DeJuan Green has been sent by the Raiders to the Hamburg Sea Devils. Veteran receiver Scott McCready, who has played five seasons in NFL Europe, is also back with Hamburg.