5 former Utah college stars who could be impacted this NFL offseason

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 4:37 p.m. MST

Associated Press

The lights at the Superdome have barely been intentionally turned off, signaling the end of another NFL season, and it hasn't been long since the confetti was swept up following the Ravens' Super Bowl victory celebration.

Yet there is still plenty to look forward to and speculate as the NFL heads into the offseason with the free-agency period, which starts on March 12, now less than a month away.

Teams will begin to restructure, not only from a personnel standpoint, but perhaps more importantly from a financial standpoint, as they try to keep themselves under or near the league's salary cap.

These financial decisions are set to have a significant impact on players' futures, and several athletes who played collegiately in the state of Utah will be counted among those whose NFL future is altered.

Here's a look at five college players from the Beehive State who could be impacted by the NFL offseason shufflings.

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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Lonster
Sandy, UT

Collie is good when he's not injured, but then so is Greg Oden. I understand there are some NBA teams actually considering signing Oden, so signing Collie, injury history and all, will likely happen.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Austin Collie is too fragile to play more than 2 to 3 games a season. Oden does play half the season. lol sometimes.
The Eagles could easily use Alex Smith.... Michael Vick can't finish a season unhurt.

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