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Santa Clarita Valley NFL players hit the open market

Three SCV products set to become free agents today

Posted: March 11, 2013 10:59 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2013 10:59 p.m.

Even before the NFL free agency period began, a few blockbuster deals were already made, according to reports around the league.

The real chaos begins today when the new league year officially opens at 1 p.m.

At that point, several players will become free agents and teams will start making moves immediately.

Of the eight Santa Clarita Valley products in the NFL, three of them are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents today.

Hart High graduate Matt Moore would have become a free agent today, but the six-year veteran quarterback re-signed with the Miami Dolphins, who reportedly gave him a two-year, $8 million contract last week.

The three free agents-to-be are San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, New York Giants cornerback Justin Tryon and Chicago Bears safety Troy Nolan, who are all former College of the Canyons players.

Those players will be able to test the open market and will be allowed to negotiate potential new contracts with any other team in the league.

The hottest free agent of the bunch looks to be Sopoaga, who has played all eight years of his successful career in San Francisco.

Last season, he had 27 tackles and one sack in 15 starts for the 49ers, who reached the Super Bowl.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the 49ers re-signed fellow defensive tackle Ian Williams on Monday, which puts Sopoaga’s future as a 49er in question given his value.

Sopoaga’s five-year, $20 million contract runs out today, according to

It also appears Tryon will be headed elsewhere after Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported that the Giants won’t try to re-sign the six-year veteran.

Tryon saw limited playing time, tallying 17 tackles in 16 games. In two years with New York, he didn’t start a single game. reported his contract as one-year, $700,000 for this past season.

It’s unclear whether or not Nolan will remain with the Bears, who signed him late last season due to injuries and depleted depth at the defensive back position.

He played just one game for Chicago, which picked him up after he was released by the Houston Texans in November.

The three-year pro also spent a short time with the Miami Dolphins earlier in the year before being cut in September.

All in all, Nolan played in eight games, started one and accumulated six total tackles last year.

His one-year contract was worth $540,000, reports.

Other local products in the NFL who are still under contract with their teams are New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (Valencia High), New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (COC) Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Domata Peko (COC) and Indianapolis Colts safety Delano Howell (Hart High).

Vereen, Pierre-Paul and Howell are all still under their original rookie contracts and scheduled to become free agents at the same time in 2015.

Peko in 2008 signed a five-year extension that puts him under contract through the 2014 season.


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