Justin Hamilton Signs Contract With New NFL Franchise
For most football players, the NFL journey consists of stops in several different cities. Justin "Juice" Hamilton is packing his bags and moving to Philadelphia.
The former Ragin' Cajuns defensive lineman spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers before landing on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. "Juice" has been in Seattle since November of 2015, but now he's headed to play for the Eagles.
Will this be the chance Hamilton has been waiting for? He's going to have to earn his keep with Philadelphia, but they're giving him a chance.
A reserve/future contract isn't a guarantee of playing time, but it does provide him an opportunity to impress the Eagles' coaching staff during mini-camp and OTA's before they slim their roster down from 90 men to 53. It might not be a full contract, but it ensures Hamilton a few paychecks to keep his NFL dream alive.
Hamilton becomes the seventh defensive tackle listed on Philadelphia's roster, and he's the third youngest player on the interior of their defensive line. Their defensive tackles were responsible for 11.5 sacks in 2016 (6.5 by Fletcher Cox), so Hamilton's ability to rush the passer from the inside fits their ideology.
In his time as a member of the Ragin' Cajuns, he collected 14 career sacks for Louisiana. He hasn't had a chance to suit up for an NFL game yet, but maybe he will finally break through to make the Eagles' 53-man roster.