Panthers sign Top CFL pick Linden Gaydosh after rookie minicamp

5/13/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAlthough the Hamilton Tiger-Cats drafted defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh first overall in last week’s CFL draft, there’s no guarantee to whether he will join their lineup in 2013. Gaydosh‘s agent confirmed on twitter earlier Sunday that the player had signed a contract the with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers over the weekend.
Gaydosh received an invite to the Panthers rookie minicamp on tryout basis and impressed the coaches enough to receive a contract, absent a signing bonus from the team. Now, Gaydosh is expected to miss the Tiger-Cats’ training camp while joining the Panthers from their offseason camp in July.
“I’ve got training activities with the Panthers,” said Gaydosh, who until Thursday didn’t know what to expect from the Panthers. “I’m excited to go through that.”
“I was just sitting there, (thinking), ‘Ah, I’ve got to put on a show tomorrow. I’ve got to put my best foot forward here and show them what I’m all about,’” he said of the thoughts that kept him motivated through the Panthers’ rookie minicamp. “I was able to do just that and I’m extremely happy with myself.”
The former University of Calgary product’s college coach Blake Nill was happy that Gaydosh finally earned an opportunity to make an attempt at achieving one of his life-long ambitions.
“He’s a farm kid from Northern Alberta who had a dream to play pro football and he never wavered from that, not just on the field, but academically as well,” Nill said of the Peace River native. “When he came here he wasn’t the highest-rated guy academically, but our academic development and our program within the football team worked with him.”
“Linden deserves a lot of credit for putting in the effort. He flat outworks people.”
The 23-year-old Gaydosh recorded 90.5 tackles and seven sacks while helping the Dinos to four straight Canada West championships during his four years at the University of Calgary. He was named Canadian university football’s top rookie in 2009 and Hardy Cup defensive MVP the following year. Coming into the 2013 CFL draft, Gaydosh was also the third-ranked prospect by the Canadian Football League's Scouting Bureau.
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