JJ Russell, Jacobi Francis sign free agent contracts with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans

Published: May. 1, 2022 at 11:02 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Tigers Calvin Austin III and Dylan Parham both got picked in this weekend’s NFL Draft.

And they were not the only Tigers to earn NFL opportunities.

Memphis linebacker JJ Russell signs a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Russell earned first-team all conference honors this year while ranking 9th in the nation with 10.2 tackles per game.

Cornerback Jacobi Francis also signs a free agent deal, this one with the Houston Texans.

Francis started all 12 games last year, collecting 36 tackles, seven passes broken up and a team-best 2 interceptions.

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