Yet another Michigan State football player has signed as an undrafted free agent following the draft process.
Jacob Slade, a monster of a defensive tackle, had a solid career with the Spartans before finding a new home in the NFL and he even earned a solid undrafted free agent deal.
Slade is reportedly headed to Arizona after signing an impressive guaranteed deal with the Cardinals.
Slade now joins the likes of Ben VanSumeren, Kendell Brooks, Xavier Henderson, and Jarrett Horst as undrafted free agents following the 2023 NFL Draft. Jayden Reed, Bryce Baringer, and Ameer Speed were all selected in the draft in the second (Reed) and sixth rounds (Baringer, Speed).
It feels like Slade might actually make the roster in Arizona after signing such a large guaranteed deal as an undrafted free agent. Money like that isn’t just handed out to players who have no shot to make the roster. He’s got the size (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) and strength to become one of the better undrafted free agents in this class.
His production (86 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks) wasn’t too bad either.
Arizona is investing heavily in the Michigan State football star
The Cardinals seemingly love Slade. They offered him $200,000 guaranteed as an undrafted free agent and I’d be shocked if he wasn’t competing for a job on the 53-man roster this fall.
Like the other undrafted free agent Spartans, Slade just wasn’t healthy enough to really build his NFL draft stock. After his breakout junior year in 2021, it looked like he had the potential to be a Day 2 pick. Unfortunately, he only played in eight games in 2022 and his numbers reflected that.
I’m buying stock in Slade to catch on with the Cardinals.