Six Eagles Sign NFL Free-Agent Contracts
May 12, 2014
Six Boston College football players - linebacker Steele Divitto (NY Jets), defensive lineman Kasim Edebali (Saints), offensive lineman Matt Patchan (Buccaneers), quarterback Chase Rettig (Packers), fullback/tight end Jake Sinkovec (Ravens) and offensive lineman Ian White (Chargers) - have each signed free-agent contacts with teams in National Football League.
Coupled with four Eagles - running back Andre Williams, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, place-kicker Nate Freese and defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey - who were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10), 10 Boston College football alumni will be competing for roster spots on 10 different teams during training camp.
Divitto, a 6-foot-2, 237-pound product of Ridgefield, Conn., earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors after leading all BC players with 112 tackles as a senior middle linebacker last fall. Divitto concluded his collegiate career with 296 tackles, including 153 solo tackles, in 48 games.
Edebali, a 6-foot-3, 246-pound product of Hamburg, Germany and Kimball Union Academy (N.H.), earned All-ACC second-team honors from the league's coaches after recorded career highs for tackles (67), tackles for loss (15.0) and sacks (9.5) as a senior co-captain last fall. Edebali concluded his collegiate career with 166 tackles, including 24.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, in 49 games.
Patchan, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound product of Tampa, Fla., started all 13 games at left tackles as senior last fall. An All-ACC second-team honoree and two-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in 2013, Patchan blocked for a Boston College offense that achieved the fifth-highest output for a running back in the history of college football.
Rettig, a 6-foot-3, 206-pound product of Sierra Madre, Calif., completed 162-of-263 passing attempts for 1,995 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a junior in 2013. Rettig, who started 45 straight games at the Heights, completed 685-of-1,242 passing attempts for 8,263 yards and 52 touchdowns in 46 career games and is one of four quarterbacks in school history to throw for more than 8,000 yards. He concluded his collegiate career ranked among the school's passing leaders in yards (fourth), touchdowns (fourth), completions (third), attempts (fourth) and wins (fourth; 18).
Sinkovec, a Bristol, Wisconsin native, played in 10 games as a senior in 2013. The 6-foot-4, 244-pound senior finished the season ranked second on the team with 14 receptions for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He caught 18 passes for 187 yards and four touchdowns in 29 career games. This past season Sinkovec earned the AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl Scholar-Athlete Award and was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society weeks ago.
White, a 6-foot-5, 302-pound product of Conway, N.H., earned All-ACC honorable mention recognition after starting all 13 games at right tackle as a senior last fall. White, who earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after a stellar performance in the team's 34-27 win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) last fall, blocked for a Boston College offense that achieved the fifth-highest output for a running back in the history of college football. He concluded his collegiate career having started 37 games along the Boston College offensive line.