Eagles sign Stony Brook rookie FA Michael Bamiro
The contract is reportedly for three years, according to a league source. The Miami Dolphins were reportedly also pursuing Michael Bamiro. Although he did not receive much of a signing bonus in his NFL contract, the Philadelphia Eagles were able to convince Michael Bamiro to sign with them by guaranteeing a portion of his base salaries over the first two years of the deal, per FOX Sports.
However, Michael Bamiro’s journey to the NFL began rather haphazardly as he was initially expected return to the Seawolves for next season until he ran into some complications due to confusion regarding NCAA rules.
Michael Bamiro attended University of Pittsburgh as a freshman in 2008, but did not participate in intercollegiate athletics. He then transferred to Stony Brook University and redshirted the 2009 season.
The 6-foot-8, 335-pound Michael Bamiro eventually became a three-year starter at for the Seawolves and a huge part of their offense over 33 consecutive collegiate level games. Michael Bamiro blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers in each of his three seasons at Stony Brook and earned first-team All-Big South honors after last season. But Michael Bamiro did not realize this would be his last season at Stony Brook.
The NCAA determined in May that Michael Bamiro had exhausted his edibility after last season, since his five-year window began with Pittsburgh University in 2008 and closed with Stony Brook in 2008. By then, Michael Bamiro had already not declared for April’s draft (for which Bamiro did not know he was eligible) by the January deadline. When the 22-year-old later declared for the NFL Supplemental Draft he was denied entry because Michael Bamiro was not an underclassman. Michael Bamiro and Stony Brook’s final plea, for the player to return to play for the Seawolves an additional season, was denied by the NCAA last week.
So, in a way he was able to successfully dodge the 2013 NFL Draft and Supplemental draft while still landing an NFL team.
"That was never the plan," Michael Bamiro said. "It unintentionally happened. I had every intention of playing my final year at Stony Brook."
At a makeshift pro day at 7 Deuce Sports in Medford, N.J., the facility owned by former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas, several scouts and up to 22 NFL teams (including the Philadelphia Eagles) were there to watch Michael Bamiro work out last week.
Some scouts believed Michael Bamiro would have been a fourth to fifth-round pick if he had entered for the NFL draft.
"He has long arms and moves very well for his size," said one scout. "But he's sloppy with his technique and wasn't asked to pass-block a lot in college."
Michael Bamiro will enter training camp a little behind the rest of the team after missing all of the spring workouts. While Michael Bamiro is still a long shot to develop into a star, he still possesses a lot of raw skills that need tuning. But signing with a team has a new coach this year means as a rookie Michael Bamiro is not too much behind the rest of his teammates as everyone’s learning a new system.