Two former UND football players put pen to paper Monday, signing their first professional contracts.
Cornerback Deion Harris signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins, while running back Brady Oliveira signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
“THANK YOU Washington Redskins and their staff for taking a chance on me and allowing me to carry on my dreams of playing in the NFL,” Harris said in a post to his Instagram account. “I will honor those who have worn those burgundy helmets before me and give everything I’ve got. The road to a Super Bowl begins now.”
Harris landed his deal after impressing Redskins coaches at last week’s rookie minicamp. Harris originally went through rookie minicamp with the Green Bay Packers but didn’t land a contract there.
Oliveira, who was drafted in the CFL’s second round and was the first running back selected, was one of four players signed by the Blue Bombers.
Former UND running back John Santiago and defensive lineman Tank Harris attended Minnesota Vikings minicamp but neither were signed.
Santiago is expected to have opportunities in the CFL.