Report: Former Montana State linebacker Alex Singleton to become NFL unrestricted free agent | Bobcats

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BOZEMAN — Former Montana State linebacker Alex Singleton will be an unrestricted free agent when the NFL’s free agency officially begins on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Singleton, 28, re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last March in a year-long “exclusive rights tender.” The deal made him a restricted free agent this year, but he will become unrestricted as the Eagles won’t offer him a contract, according to Schefter’s source.

Singleton was named team captain after leading Philadelphia with 120 tackles in 2020. He also had a team-high 137 tackles in 2021.

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The 6-foot-2, 240-pound California native struggled in some areas, namely pass coverage. His overall Pro Football Focus rating was below 59 in each of the last two seasons. This part of the PFF grading scale is considered “replaceable,” even lower than “backup”.

Singleton is one of two former Bobcats in the NFL. Wide receiver Travis Jonsen signed a term contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January after practice stints with the Bucs and Detroit Lions.

Mike Person, a former MSU offensive lineman from Glendive, retired from the NFL in 2020 and was hired last month by the Miami Dolphins as an offensive assistant. The Carolina Panthers recently hired former MSU linebacker Jody Owens for the same position.

These professional cats will soon be joined by linebacker Troy Andersen, who is expected to be selected in the second round of the NFL Draft next month.

Singleton played at MSU from 2011 to 2014 and signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. He played on practice squads for the Seahawks and New England Patriots in 2015, then for the Minnesota Vikings a year later.

He spent the next three years in the Canadian Football League and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 with the Calgary Stampeders.

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