NFL free agency is alive and well. Some players get signed to big contracts and get fresh faces with new teams, while others get released and search for a new team to call home.
The New England Patriots have released veteran defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Sopoaga was a former College of the Canyons star defensive tackle.
The 2011 inductee into the College of the Canyons Athletic Hall of Fame, transferred from Samoana High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa where he was a three-sport athlete. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.
In his sophomore season at College of the Canyons, in 2000, he recorded 31 sacks, which still stands as the single-season record in California community college football. In addition, he was named player of the league, which is unheard of from a defensive tackle.
His former Head Coach Chuck Lyon Said that “ when Isaac came to College of the Canyons, he was just learning how to play the game”. Lyons went on to say, “ he has really grown as a player and a person.”
Sopoaga transferred to the University of Hawai’i before being drafted in the 4th round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004.
The move was was expected as the 32 year old defensive tackle was inactive for the team’s final two 2013 regular-season games and had only appeared in 6 games with 2 starts and was scheduled to earn a base salary of $3.5 million.
Sopoaga will still receive a $1 million guarantee for 2014 as part of the contract that the Patriots inherited when they acquired him from the Philadelphia Eagles On Oct. 29, 2013.
Lyon added that he hasn’t spoken to Sopoaga since his release but he expects him to be on a training camp roster for a team.