Former EWU stars to join NFL minicamps
Three former Eastern Washington players will get their opportunities in the National Football League starting later this week at rookie mini-camps, including two with the Seattle Seahawks.
Defensive tackle Andru Pulu of Federal Way and running back Demitrius Bronson of Kent agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the Seahawks on Saturday, after the NFL Draft concluded.
Pulu will make the short trek from his home in Federal Way to Renton for the three-day rookie mini-camp with the defending Super Bowl champions.
Defensive end Anthony Larry said he will head for Philadelphia for an opportunity with the Eagles. Larry, who is from Sacramento, was called by the Eagles early Monday morning.
He will fly to Philadelphia on Wednesday for the start of their rookie camp on Thursday. If camp goes well, he said he will sign a free-agent contract with the team.
Also, former Eagles offensive lineman Steve Forgette said his agent is in discussion with teams, and he has also received interest from Canadian Football League and Arena Football League organizations, and All-America cornerback T.J. Lee III has yet to announce his professional plans.
Manziel’s the backup
Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam said the Browns have told top draft pick Johnny Manziel to start acting “like a backup quarterback.”
The Browns selected Manziel, Texas A&M’s electrifying star quarterback, in the first round of the NFL draft.
Haslam praised Manziel for being an “ultra-competitor” but reiterated that Brian Hoyer is the team’s starting quarterback and Manziel will have to beat out the veteran in training camp.
• The Browns have released veteran quarterback Vince Young a few days after drafting Manziel.
Young, signed by the Browns along with Tyler Thigpen on May 1, hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. The 30-year-old has a 31-19 career record.
Bengals cut Johnson
The Bengals released backup quarterback Josh Johnson two days after they selected Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the fifth round of the draft.
Andy Dalton is the unchallenged starter heading into the season, with newcomer Jason Campbell in the No. 2 spot.
WR Bailey suspended
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Bailey was a third-round draft pick last year out of West Virginia, and made two starts. He had 17 receptions with a 13.3-yard average and also ran for a 27-yard touchdown.