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Morales signs with Cardinals

Former COC defender Troy Nolan selected by Houston late in the draft

Posted: April 27, 2009 10:49 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The thought of catching passes from a possible future hall of famer in Kurt Warner and alongside two of the NFL's top receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin has 2005 Valencia High graduate Shane Morales chomping at the bit.

Morales signed a free agent deal with the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals Sunday night and will report to rookie training camp Thursday.

He will battle to earn his way onto the team's 2009 roster.

"It was an awesome feeling," Morales said of signing with the Cardinals. "Everything's paid off. ... I have nothing but good feelings. Nothing's permanent, but this gives me a chance to prove myself."

The free agent deal comes with no guarantees.

Morales will compete in rookie training camp, then likely be with the team during its preseason.

Over the past couple of years, other locals have signed free agent deals with NFL teams only to get cut after the preseason.

Hart graduates Chris Frome (Chicago Bears), Matt Moore (Dallas Cowboys) and Dan Howell (Cincinnati Bengals) were all signed as free agents over the last three years, respectively, after the NFL Draft.

All three were later cut. Howell spent some time on the Bengals' practice squad. Moore latched on with the Carolina Panthers, where he is currently a backup quarterback.

Morales said he knew that signing as a free agent was more likely than getting selected in the NFL draft.

In his senior season at Oregon State, the 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound receiver caught 54 passes for 743 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns.

Former College of the Canyons defender Troy Nolan was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

Nolan, a former safety at Arizona State, was selected 223rd overall.

Canyon High graduate and former Cal quarterback Nate Longshore was not picked in the draft and he has not signed as a free agent with an NFL team as of yet.


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