Will Likely signed a rookie free agent contract with the New England Patriots Monday afternoon, according to the Maryland athletic department.
The former Maryland cornerback joins fellow Terps Levern Jacobs and Alvin Hill as rookies who went undrafted in April now signed to NFL contracts. Jacobs signed with the Washington Redskins and Hill is now competing for a roster spot on the Cleveland Browns.
While it is no guarantee that Likely will make the Patriots roster, cornerback Malcolm Butler, who caught the game-sealing interception in Super Bowl 49, also signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent.
Likely previously told The Left Bench he was confident someone would “take a chance” on him, but despite an invitation to minicamp from the New York Jets, he had not yet found a fit.
He was once considered a lock to be drafted, but an ACL tear his senior season hurt his draft stock. Read more about Likely’s recovery and path to the NFL here.
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