Cal football: Another player to NFL

Fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou has signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • calbear

    nice. some notes on follett from Pat Kirwan:
    Round 7

    The Lions draft LB Zack Follett out of California.
    I spent time talking with Follett this spring, and it took 10 seconds to realize this guy lives and breathes football. He left college with 245 tackles, 51 tackles for a loss and 23.5 sacks. He had more sacks than most of the premier pass rushers in the draft. I was perplexed he was still available in the seventh round.

  • Jan K Oski

    JO, Will T isn’t just “another player”, and Chicago will learn someday how important he was to our Bears in run production. Good luck, Will T! You’ll be missed.

    Go BEARS!

  • wehofx

    >>> I was perplexed he (Z Follet) was still available in the seventh round.>>>

    Yeah! Good luck to the Pain Train.

    Good luck to Will T. JB is going to miss your blocks – but hopefully not too much.

    Go Bears!

  • Scotty Mon

    Will was way under utilized in my opinion. Why he didn’t get any carries on the goal line against Oregon State last year at home was a shame. It would have made the difference and we would have been #1!

  • Jethro

    Will T was also underutilized as a receiver out of the backfield. I saw him catch a couple of passes in his career and he seemed to have good hands.

  • Warden

    JO- Any news about Nate Longshore’s next steps? Obviously, he was a long (long) shot for the draft… but will he get any sort of shot somewhere?

  • Will

    Warden, JO said Nate’s headed to the Miami Dolphins rookie camp.

  • Calduke

    CRAZINESS- Forget 2009, let’s move on

    S I already has the mock draft for 2010


  • 66Bear

    I agree with the comment above about how much Will T. will be missed. He really was a mainstay of the Bears’ offense, and I wish him Godspeed in his NFL career.

  • papabear

    Question: what is the average salary for a 1st rounders vs. second rounders vs. seventh rounders? Is it big money ( 5 million per v. 500K per)?

    Go bears!!!!! Rose bowl ’10

  • Davidson

    Papa, there is a HUGE money difference. Monumental. Top 10 would be $15-20 million guaranteed money. Guaranteed money in terms of incentives and signing bonuses is very significant because football contracts are not guaranteed. You get injured and cut, they don’t have to pay the remainder of your contract. A seventh rounder doesn’t even get a contract, maybe $100-$200K for training camp and see if he makes the team. A lot of teams cut 1/2 their draft picks.

  • Will

    The real question is: What’s the difference in the average salary between an NFL 1st rounder vs. an $C recruit?

  • papabear


    Thanks. That sucks