Nine Tiders sign free agent contracts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- After five players were taken in the recently concluded 2003 NFL draft, another nine Alabama players signed contracts as free agents with NFL teams.

Drafted by NFL teams were Jarret Johnson (4th round) by Baltimore; Kenny King (5th round) by Arizona; Kindal Moorehead (5th round) by Carolina; Waine Bacon (6th round) by Atlanta and Ahmaad Galloway (7th round) by Denver.

Signing free agent contracts were Marico Portis, Theo Sanders and Tyler Watts with the Tennessee Titans; Lane Bearden with the Chicago Bears; Hirchel Bolden and Sam Collins with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Dante Ellington and Alonzo Ephraim with the Philadelphia Eagles and Gerald Dixon with the Detroit Lions.

Bacon, who walked-on to the Tide team in 1998, played in every game his junior and senior season, earning a starting position in the second game of 2001 season, a role he never gave up. Waine had 22 career starts.

Moorehead finished first on the career tackle for loss chart with 34 for 156 yards and second on the career sack list with 25 for 227 yards.

Johnson had 25 career tackles for loss, third on the list and 23 career sacks.

King had 26 career tackles behind the line and 11.5 career sacks.

A devastating knee injury in the Southern Miss game his senior season, cut short Galloway's Tide career. He closed his career with 376 carries for 1,830 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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