NFL teams are always looking to add talent to their rosters in non-conventional ways. Under Dick Vermeil, the Philadelphia Eagles held open tryouts. Recently, NFL teams have had their eyes focused north of the border to the Canadian Football League (CFL). Cameron Wake and Colts LB Jerrell Freeman are recent examples of CFL players that have found success in the NFL. This year, teams are taking a look at DT Armond Armstead.
Armstead played his college ball at USC but went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. Teams took a pass on Armstead after he sat out the 2011 season due to medical reasons. He suffered a heart attack prior to the 2011 season. Despite generating little interest from the NFL last year, after a season with the Toronto Argonauts, teams are buzzing about him.
The 6 foot 5 inch defensive tackle helped the Argonauts win the CFL’s Grey Cup this season and recorded six sacks. Toronto released Armstead so that he could pursue employment in the NFL.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Armstead has worked out for the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles this week.