Three Cyclones sign NFL free agent contracts

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News on the Iowa State/NFL free agency front has been rather quiet since the completion of this weekend’s draft. 

Former Cyclone linebacker Jeremiah George was the only Iowa Stater that got drafted (New York Jets), but safeties Deon Broomfield and Jacques Washington did sign a free agent contracts with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, respectively. 

"Speechless. Headed to the Buffalo Bills!"

That’s what Broomfield, who accumulated 57 tackles in 12 starts as a senior, tweeted on Saturday evening.

Washington, a Second-Team All-Big 12 free safety, started every game during his last three seasons with the Cyclones (38). 

In addition to the safeties, tight end Ernst Brun will reportedly attend mini-camp with the Oakland Raiders as well. 

As of Sunday afternoon, there are no other known Cyclones that have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams, although that could change as the day goes on. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.