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Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle (32) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A total of 92 Utah ties dot NFL rosters halfway through the month of May, with teams able to fill their rosters to a maximum of 90 players right now.

By comparison, 75 locals were on NFL rosters around this time last year, including 21 rookies. In 2015, there were 70 players on NFL rosters in mid-May, including 18 rookies.

Currently, there are 35 rookies with local ties on NFL rosters — 11 draft picks and 24 undrafted free-agent signees, including three who signed after earning tryouts with teams.

The Cardinals, Ravens and Packers each have six local players to lead all NFL teams, while 45 of the Utah ties are on AFC teams and 47 on NFC teams.

Here's a breakdown of those 92 players (they can count towards multiple categories):

— 40 who played at the University of Utah (up from 30 last year)

— 19 who played at BYU (up from 16 last year)

— 18 who played at Utah State (down from 19 last year)

— 6 who played at Southern Utah (up from 3 last year)

— 1 who played at Weber State (tied with last year)

— 7 who played at Snow College (up from 6 last year)

— 29 who played football at Utah high schools (up from 22 last year)

Here's a look at each local tie in the NFL, listed by team in alphabetical order.


Arizona Cardinals


Tony Bergstrom

No. 67, Center/offensive guard

Local ties: Utah and Skyline High

Bergstrom signed with the Cardinals on May 4 — his third NFL team in six pro seasons — after being waived by Houston on April 13.

Alani Fua

No. 59, Inside linebacker

Local tie: BYU

A knee injury landed Fua on injured reserve in late September in 2016, cutting his second pro season to just three games.

Tre’von Johnson

No. 51, Linebacker

Local ties: Weber State and Hunter High

Johnson signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free-agent rookie after recording 92 tackles and a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks last season for Weber State.

Pasoni Tasini

No. 65, Defensive tackle

Local ties: Utah and Snow College

Tasini, who signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent, will face a logjam for a spot in Phoenix, as the Cardinals currently have 10 defensive tackles on their roster.

Kerwynn Williams

No. 33, Running back

Local tie: Utah State

Williams, a fill-in rusher for the Cardinals the past three seasons, returns to Arizona after rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.

Steven Wroblewski

No. 82, Tight end

Local tie: Southern Utah

Wroblewski, who caught 27 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown for the T’Birds in 2016, signed an undrafted free-agent contract in Arizona and is one of two rookies at tight end for the Cardinals.


Atlanta Falcons


Derrick Shelby

No. 90, Defensive end

Local tie: Utah

Shelby played in just six games last year in his first season in Atlanta before going on injured reserve in mid-October with an Achilles’ tendon injury.

D.J. Tialavea

No. 86, Tight end

Local ties: Utah State and West Jordan High

Tialavea saw his first regular-season action last year in three seasons as a pro, scoring a touchdown on his first NFL catch and playing in two late-season games for Atlanta.


Baltimore Ravens


Robertson Daniel

No. 31, Cornerback

Local tie: BYU

Daniel spent short stints on both the practice squad and active roster for the Ravens last year after being waived by Washington and Green Bay earlier in the year.

Bronson Kaufusi

No. 92, Defensive end

Local ties: BYU and Timpview High

Kaufusi is looking to make an impact in his second NFL season after a broken ankle landed him on injured reserve for all of 2016.

Tim Patrick

No. 7, Wide receiver

Local tie: Utah

Patrick, who had 45 catches for 711 yards and five touchdowns last season for Utah, is one of five undrafted rookie free agent wide receivers Baltimore signed this offseason.

Dennis Pitta

No. 88, Tight end

Local tie: BYU

Pitta had career-bests in receptions (86) and receiving yards (729) last season and is healthy heading into his eighth year with the Ravens.

Eric Weddle

No. 32, Strong safety

Local tie: Utah

Weddle returns for his second season in Baltimore after his 92.4 overall grade was the best among any safety in the NFL in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

De’Ondre Wesley

No. 77, Offensive tackle

Local tie: BYU

Wesley re-signed with Baltimore as an exclusive rights free agent on April 26 following a 2016 season he spent on injured reserve.


Carolina Panthers


Brian Blechen

No. 45, Safety

Local tie: Utah

Blechen spent much of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad, with a short stint on the Saints’ practice squad, before signing a reserve/future contract in January with Carolina.

Kaelin Clay

No. 83, Wide receiver

Local tie: Utah

Clay joined his fourth NFL team in three seasons by signing as an unrestricted free agent with Carolina in April after a foot injury landed him on injured reserve in 2016.

Tyler Larsen

No. 69, Center

Local ties: Utah State and Jordan High

Larsen started the final five games of the 2016 season for Carolina at center and is headed into his fourth year as a pro after re-signing as an exclusive rights free agent April 17.

Star Lotulelei

No. 98, Defensive tackle

Local ties: Utah, Snow College and Bingham High

Lotulelei had a career-high four sacks and added 26 tackles for the Panthers last year and is headed into fifth season as a starter for the franchise.

Jared Norris

No. 52, Linebacker

Local tie: Utah

Norris, an undrafted free agent headed into his second pro season, played in 14 games and had six tackles last season.


Chicago Bears


Andy Phillips

No. 17, Kicker

Local tie: Utah

Phillips hit 84 of 100 field-goal attempts during his four seasons with the Utes before signing a rookie free-agent contract with the Bears following the draft.

Patrick Scales

No. 48, Long snapper

Local ties: Utah State and Weber High

Scales, in his seventh year as a pro, played every game at long snapper for Chicago in 2016, the first time he’s done so in his career, and is the lone snapper on the Bears’ roster.


Cincinnati Bengals


J.J. Dielman

No. 64, Center

Local tie: Utah

The fifth-round draft is one of three centers on the Bengals roster, along with fourth-year players Russell Bodine — last year’s starter — and T.J. Johnson.

Nick Vigil

No. 59, Inside linebacker

Local ties: Utah State and Fremont High

Vigil will be looking to carve out a bigger role in his second NFL season after recording 21 tackles as a rookie in 2016.


Cleveland Browns


Jordan Leslie

No. 11, Wide receiver

Local tie: BYU

Leslie signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns in January after signing to the team’s practice squad midway through the 2016 season.

Kai Nacua

No. 43, Safety

Local tie: BYU

Travis Stone of Cle4Me called Nacua “the center-fielder type of free safety that will thrive” in the Browns' defensive scheme after he signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the team.

Nate Orchard

No. 44, Outside linebacker

Local ties: Utah and Highland High

Orchard will be looking for a bounce-back year in his third NFL season after landing on injured reserve on Oct. 1 last year following four tackles in three games played.


Dallas Cowboys


Stephen Paea

No. 55, Defensive tackle

Local ties: Snow College and Timpview High

Paea signed with the Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent on March 14 after playing for one season in Cleveland and is on his third different team in three years.


Denver Broncos


Garett Bolles

No. 72, Offensive tackle

Local ties: Utah, Snow College and Westlake High

Bolles became the Utes’ first first-round draft pick since 2013 when the Broncos took him 20th overall this season, and the 6-foot-5 tackle could start Day 1 in Denver.

Devontae Booker

No. 23, Running back

Local tie: Utah

Booker rushed for 612 yards and four touchdowns during his rookie campaign in Denver while also catching 31 passes for 265 yards and another score.

Hunter Sharp

No. 17, Wide receiver

Local tie: Utah State

Sharp signed a reserves/future contract with the team in January after joining the Broncos’ practice squad the final week of 2016, his rookie season.


Detroit Lions


Ezekiel Ansah

No. 94, Defensive end

Local tie: BYU

Ansah is back for his fifth season as a starter in Detroit after having 35 tackles and two sacks in a season slowed a bit by injuries.

Miles Killebrew

No. 35, Strong safety

Local tie: Southern Utah

Killebrew made an impact as a rookie last season, playing in all 16 games and recording 28 tackles — including 23 solo stops — and an interception for the Lions.

Nevin Lawson

No. 24, Cornerback

Local tie: Utah State

Lawson started every game for Detroit in 2016 — his first season as a full-time starter since being drafted in 2014 — and was the second-most avoided corner in the NFL last year, according to Pro Football Focus.

Haloti Ngata

No. 92, Defensive tackle

Local tie: Highland High

Ngata has started every game he’s played since arriving in Detroit two years ago and should be a starter again in his 12th NFL season.

Josh Thornton

No. 47, Cornerback

Local tie: Southern Utah

After having three interceptions and eight pass breakups as a T’Bird senior, he signed an undrafted free-agent contract with Detroit with a $10,000 signing bonus and another $20,000 in guaranteed base salary, according to the Detroit Free Press.


Green Bay Packers


Marwin Evans

No. 25, Safety

Local tie: Utah State

Evans returns for his second season with the Packers — he played in 16 games and had six tackles in 2016 — after signing as an undrafted free agent and a tryout with Seattle.

Kyler Fackrell

No. 51, Outside linebacker

Local tie: Utah State

Fackrell had sacks in back-to-back games as a rookie for Green Bay last season and had 18 tackles and a forced fumble in a reserve role.

Taysom Hill

No. 8, Quarterback

Local tie: BYU

Hill is one of four quarterbacks currently on the Packers’ roster — including second-year QB Joe Callahan — after signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Devante Mays

No. 32, Running back

Local tie: Utah State

Mays was the last of three running back selections made by the Packers in this year’s NFL draft and will have his chance to try to earn a spot in a backfield that currently includes four rookies.

Raysean Pringle

No. 46, Cornerback

Local tie: Southern Utah

Pringle, who played running back and wide receiver for the T’Birds, moved to cornerback for a tryout with the Packers and signed with the team following rookie minicamp.

Jamaal Williams

No. 30, Running back

Local tie: BYU

Williams, who rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at BYU, will have an opportunity to fight for significant playing time in a Packers backfield that is only returning one running back from 2016.


Houston Texans


Jake Simonich

No. 60, Offensive guard

Local tie: Utah State

Simonich was the lone guard to sign an undrafted free-agent contract with the Texans, where he’s one of five guards on the roster.

Xavier Su’a-Filo

No. 71, Offensive guard

Local tie: Timpview High

Su’a-Filo is coming off a 2016 season where he started 15 of 16 regular-season games for Houston and is heading into his fourth year as a pro.


Indianapolis Colts


JoJo Natson

No. 6, Wide receiver

Local tie: Utah State

Natson, who played for Utah State from 2012-14, caught 59 passes for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns with Akron last year before signing with the Colts as an undrafted free agent.

Reggie Porter

No. 38, Cornerback

Local tie: Utah

Porter is one of two cornerbacks to sign as undrafted free agents with the Colts and is one of nine players at the position on their roster.

Robert Turbin

No. 33, Running back

Local tie: Utah State

Turbin re-signed with Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent March 15 following a season where he had 164 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns, a career high.


Jacksonville Jaguars


Hunter Dimick

No. 79, Defensive end

Local ties: Utah and Syracuse High

The rookie Dimick signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Jaguars and is one of three rookies at defensive end on the roster.

Tueni Lupeamanu

No. 67, Defensive tackle

Local tie: Herriman High

Lupeamanu had 126 career tackles in 45 games played at Idaho before signing an undrafted free-agent contract with Jacksonville.

Jeremiah Poutasi

No. 73, Offensive guard/tackle

Local tie: Utah

Poutasi spent only a month on the active roster with Jacksonville last year before going on injured reserve on Dec. 20.


Kansas City Chiefs


Ricky Ali’ifua

No. 90, Defensive lineman

Local tie: Utah State

Ali’ifua signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Chiefs after trying out for the team at their rookie minicamp.

Jordan Devey

No. 65, Offensive lineman

Local ties: Snow College and American Fork High

Devey spent most of last season on the practice squad for Kansas City and is heading into his fifth year in the pros.

Marcus Kemp

No. 7, Wide receiver

Local tie: Layton High

Kemp signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chiefs after catching 73 passes for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns for Hawaii last season.

Alex Smith

No. 11, Quarterback

Local tie: Utah

Smith is headed into his 13th NFL season and is coming off a year where he threw for 3,502 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions while being named a Pro Bowl alternate.

Daniel Sorensen

No. 49, Safety

Local tie: BYU

Sorensen re-signed as a restricted free agent on March 13 with Kansas City and is headed into his fourth season with the team after joining the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.


Los Angeles Chargers


Michael Davis

No. 43, Cornerback

Local tie: BYU

Davis ran a 4.52 40 time at BYU’s Pro Day in March and signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Chargers.

Tenny Palepoi

No. 95, Defensive tackle

Local ties: Utah, Snow College and Skyline High

Palepoi re-signed as a restricted free agent on March 20 with the Chargers and is headed into his fourth NFL season.

Sam Tevi

No. 69, Offensive tackle

Local tie: Utah

Tevi was a sixth-round draft pick of the Chargers in this year’s draft and is one of five offensive tackles on the team.


Los Angeles Rams


Maurice Alexander

No. 31, Free safety

Local tie: Utah State

Alexander started 14 games for the Rams in 2016, his first year as a full-time starter as he heads into his fourth season, and had 50 tackles, four pass deflections and two interceptions.

Dominique Hatfield

No. 36, Defensive back

Local tie: Utah

Hatfield signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Rams earlier this week after trying out for the team at Los Angeles’ rookie minicamp.

Travis Wilson

No. 87, Tight end

Local tie: Utah

Wilson signed a free-agent contract with the Rams on Feb. 28 as a tight end prospect after playing quarterback for the Utes through the 2015 season.


Miami Dolphins


Isaac Asiata

No. 68, Offensive guard

Local ties: Utah and Spanish Fork High

The rookie fifth-round draft pick started 43 games in his Utes’ career and could be in line for a starting position early in his pro career.

John Denney

No. 92, Long snapper

Local tie: BYU

Denney re-signed as unrestricted free agent March 10 with Miami and is headed into his 13th year with the Dolphins.

Koa Misi

No. 55, Linebacker

Local tie: Utah

Misi, a Dolphins starter who’s headed into his eighth NFL season, played just three games last year — recording 22 tackles — before going on injured reserve on Oct. 10.

Trevor Reilly

No. 57, Linebacker

Local tie: Utah

Reilly was claimed by the Dolphins off the New England practice squad late in 2016 and played in two games for Miami, where he’s now headed into his fourth pro season.


Minnesota Vikings


Mitch Mathews

No. 87, Wide receiver

Local tie: BYU

Mathews signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 30 with the Vikings after spending time with both Cleveland and Kansas City as a rookie in 2016.


New England Patriots


Harvey Langi

No. 48, Linebacker

Local ties: BYU, Utah and Bingham High

The rookie signed an undrafted free-agent contract with a reported $115,000 in guaranteed money, a potential sign of how much the Patriots want him to work out in New England.

Eric Rowe

No. 25, Cornerback

Local tie: Utah

Rowe became a starter for the Patriots last year after being traded from Philadelphia and had 26 tackles, eight pass deflections and an interception.

Jason Thompson

No. 26, Safety

Local tie: Utah

Thompson signed an undrafted free-agent contract with New England after recording eight tackles and a fumble recovery for the Utes last season.

Kyle Van Noy

No. 53, Linebacker

Local tie: BYU

Van Noy is headed into his fourth season and first full one with the Patriots, who traded with Detroit for him midway through the 2016 campaign.


New Orleans Saints


Chase Dominguez

No. 49, Long snapper

Local tie: Utah

Dominguez signed as an undrafted free agent with the Saints after four years as the Utes’ long snapper and is currently the only player listed at the position on New Orleans’ roster.

Sae Tautu

No. 45, Linebacker

Local ties: BYU and Lone Peak High

Tautu had a career-high 50 tackles and six sacks as a senior at BYU and followed that up with a strong Pro Day showing, helping him earn an undrafted free-agent contract with the Saints.

Marcus Williams

No. 43, Safety

Local tie: Utah

Williams, the Saints’ second-round draft pick this season, joins a New Orleans team that finished last year worst in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 273.8 yards per game through the air.


Oakland Raiders


James Cowser

No. 47, Linebacker/defensive end

Local ties: Southern Utah and Davis High

Cowser played in six games and had nine tackles and a sack for the Raiders after joining the team as an undrafted free agent last season.

Keith McGill

No. 39, Defensive back

Local tie: Utah

McGill had the best season of his young career — he’s headed into his fourth year — in 2016, when he had 22 tackles and a pass deflection while starting two games.

Donald Penn

No. 72, Offensive tackle

Local tie: Utah State

Penn is back for his fourth season with the Raiders, and 12th overall, where he will be a starter at tackle for Oakland — he’s started every game he’s played since 2008.

Sean Smith

No. 21, Cornerback

Local tie: Utah

Smith is an expected starter at corner in his second season with Oakland after having 40 tackles, 11 pass deflections and two interceptions in 2016.


Philadelphia Eagles


Anthony Denham

No. 83, Tight end

Local tie: Utah

Denham joined the Eagles’ practice squad in October last season — his third as a pro — and signed a reserve/future contract with the team in January.


Pittsburgh Steelers


Brian Allen

No. 29, Cornerback

Local tie: Utah

Allen parlayed an impressive outing at the NFL Draft Combine into a fifth-round selection by Pittsburgh in this year’s draft.


San Francisco 49ers


Zane Beadles

No. 68, Offensive guard

Local ties: Utah and Hillcrest High

Beadles started every game at guard for the 49ers in 2016 and is headed into his eighth year as a pro with 110 career starts under his belt with three different teams.

Kapri Bibbs

No. 38, Running back

Local tie: Snow College

Bibbs was a part of a draft-day trade that sent him from the Broncos to the 49ers after he rushed for 129 yards on 29 carries in Denver last season.

Pita Taumoepenu

No. 49, Linebacker

Local ties: Utah and Timpview High

Taumoepenu was a sixth-round selection by the 49ers during this year’s NFL draft after finishing his Utes career with 41 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2016.

Joe Williams

No. 32, Running back

Local tie: Utah

Williams, a fourth-round draft pick by the 49ers, joins a San Francisco team that was fourth in the NFL last year in rushing yards (126.2 per game) but returns only one of its top six rushers from 2016, leading rusher Carlos Hyde, while adding veteran Tim Hightower.


Seattle Seahawks


Algernon Brown

No. 37, Fullback

Local ties: BYU and Skyline High

Brown signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent and is one of two fullbacks — both rookies — on the team after he transitioned to the position as a senior at BYU.

Jake Heaps

No. 5, Quarterback

Local tie: BYU

Heaps re-signed with the Seahawks on May 1 after spending nearly a month last season on the team’s practice squad before being released Oct. 3.

Bobby Wagner

No. 54, Linebacker

Local tie: Utah State

Wagner earn his third straight Pro Bowl honor in 2016 and was named first-team All-Pro for the second time after leading the NFL with 167 tackles and adding three pass deflections and an interception.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Sealver Siliga

No. 96, Defensive tackle

Local ties: Utah and Copper Hills High

Siliga re-signed with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in March after being claimed by the team off of waivers on Nov. 16; he started the 2016 season in Seattle.

Stevie Tu’ikolovatu

No. 97, Defensive tackle

Local ties: Utah and East High

Tu’ikolovatu joined Tampa Bay as a seventh-round draft pick after having 53 tackles, two tackles for loss and a half for USC in 2016 following three years playing for the Utes.


Tennessee Titans


Brice McCain

No. 23, Cornerback

Local tie: Utah

McCain started 10 games last year in his first season in Tennessee and had 38 tackles, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions.

LeShaun Sims

No. 36, Cornerback

Local tie: Southern Utah

Sims started two games as a rookie for the Titans in 2016 and had two fumble recoveries and an interception to go with 22 tackles.


Washington Redskins


Fish Smithson

No. 25, Safety

Local tie: Highland High

Smithson, who signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Redskins following the draft, had 204 tackles and 23 starts the past two seasons collegiately at Kansas.

Kendal Thompson

No. 10, Wide receiver

Local tie: Utah

Thompson is headed into his second NFL season after spending the entirety of 2016 on the Redskins’ practice squad.

Zach Vigil

No. 59, Linebacker

Local ties: Utah State and Clearfield High

Vigil was claimed off waivers by Washington in late December and played in two games for the Redskins following nearly two seasons in Miami.

NFL teams without a local tie: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Jets


Current free agents


Several local players find themselves without a team right now. That list includes:

Dres Anderson, WR, Utah (waived by Bears on May 1)

Matt Asiata, RB, Utah, Snow College and Hunter High (an unrestricted free agent who played for the Vikings the past five seasons and had a veteran tryout in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press)

Sam Brenner, C, Utah (spent the 2016 season on injured reserve in Denver)

Jason Fanaika, LB, Utah and Pleasant Grove High (waived by Steelers on April 19)

Wyatt Houston, TE, Utah State (waived by Chiefs on May 9 after signing an undrafted free-agent contract with the team on April 29)

Devonte Johnson, CB, Weber State (waived by the Steelers on Tuesday)

Paul Kruger, DE, Utah and Timpanogos High (an unrestricted free agent who played last season in New Orleans)

Paul Lasike, RB/FB, BYU (waived by Chicago on May 11)

Brock Miller, P, Southern Utah (waived by the 49ers on May 2)

Paul Soliai, DT, Utah (a 10-year NFL veteran who was waived by the Panthers on Feb. 21)

Will Tukuafu, FB, East High (an unrestricted free agent who played for the Seahawks the past three seasons)

Uani ‘Unga, MLB, BYU (waived by N.Y. Giants on Feb. 8 after spending the 2016 season on injured reserve; he's now listed as a defensive administrative assistant over linebackers at Utah State)


Tryout players


More than 20 other Utah ties also earned tryouts with various teams during rookie minicamps in the two weekends following the NFL draft. Here’s a look at the reported players who had tryouts and did not sign a contract:

Note: Information via NFL team or Deseret News sources unless otherwise specified.

Austin Albrecht, OL, Utah State and Alta High (New Orleans Saints)

*Dres Anderson, WR, Utah (Buffalo Bills)

*Matt Asiata, RB, Utah, Snow College and Hunter High (Detroit Lions, via Detroit Free Press)

Stratton Brown, SS, Fresno State, Snow College and Riverton High (Seattle Seahawks)

Dakota Cox, LB, New Mexico and Juan Diego High (Minnesota Vikings)

Andrew Eide, OL, BYU, Southern Utah and Timpanogos High (Indianapolis Colts, via BYU, and San Francisco 49ers)

Marquan Ellison, CB, Utah State (Seattle Seahawks)

Daniel Gray, CB, Utah State (Arizona Cardinals, via Darren Urban)

Nick Kurtz, WR, BYU (Oakland Raiders)

Dallas Lloyd, S, Pleasant Grove High (Chicago Bears, via Windy City Gridiron, and San Francisco 49ers, via Matt Maiocco)

Brock Miller, P, Southern Utah (New Orleans Saints)

*David Moala, DL, Utah State (Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs)

Colby Pearson, WR, BYU (Chicago Bears, via BYU)

Mike Sharp, WR, Southern Utah and Dixie High (New Orleans Saints)

Austin Stephens, C, Utah State (Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints)

Calvin Steyn, OT, Weber State (Seattle Seahawks)

Brad Wilcox, OL, BYU (New Orleans Saints)

Anthony Williams, LB, Utah State (New England Patriots, via Aaron Wilson, and Philadelphia Eagles)

Cameron Young, OL, Weber State (Detroit Lions, via Detroit Free Press)

* Non-rookie or veteran tryout