Grady Signs Free Agent Deal with Jets
May 10, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University defensive lineman Anthony Grady (Texarkana, Ark.) has agreed to terms with the National Football League’s New York Jets as an undrafted free agent, Grady confirmed late Saturday.
During his playing career for the Bears, Grady played in 34 games and recorded 108 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks while earning 19 starts over his last two seasons. He was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection, including second-team distinction in 2013. He led all MSU defensive linemen with 48 tackles as a senior and graded out at 82 percent for the year.
“I want to say how grateful I am to the Jets for helping me realize this dream,” Grady said. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me because I believe that without him, there is now way I could be where I am today.”
At a playing height of 6-foot-7 and weight of 289 pounds, Grady was the focus of MSU’s annual Pro Day at Plaster Field on March 19. He impressed a small gathering of pro scouts at the event and has since been able to increase his stock with a number of tryout performances.
Grady is the sixth MSU player to join the NFL ranks as a free agent over the last four years. Kolby Hurt (Saints), Jake Duron (Jets), Jermaine Saffold (Browns), Chris Douglas (Bills) and Randy Richards (Chargers) -- all garnered NFL free agent contracts with their respective clubs since 2011. Clay Harbor, currently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was a fourth-round NFL draft pick of the Eagles in 2010, and David Arkin, now with the Miami Dolphins, was a fourth-round selection by the Cowboys in 2011.