Virginia’s Joey Blount, Ra’Shaun Henry sign NFL free-agent contracts

By Jerry Ratcliffe

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Joey Blount (Photos: UVA Athletics)

Two Virginia football players signed as free agents with NFL clubs on Saturday after the league completed its annual draft.

Joey Blount, a staple in UVA’s secondary during his five-year career under Bronco Mendenhall, has signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, wide receiver Ra’Shaun Henry, who played the last two seasons for UVA after transferring from St. Francis (Pa.), signed a free-agent deal with the Carolina Panthers.

According to Jordan Schultz of @thegamedaynfl, UVA running back Devin Darrington, who transferred to the Cavaliers from Harvard, has accepted a camp invite to the Kansas City Chiefs.

An unconfirmed report said that UVA defensive back DeVante Cross has either been invited to camp or has signed as a free agent with the Washington Commanders.

Ra’Shaun Henry

Henry appeared in 21 of the Cavaliers’ 22 games and started five. Last season, he finished with 603 receiving yards and three touchdowns, including a 179-yard effort against Louisville on nine catches.

Blount finished second on the team with 87 tackles, including 54 unassisted, seventh-highest among ACC defenders and the most of all defensive backs. He had nine interceptions during his UVA career, along with 21 passes defended.



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