McIntyre searches for NFL job
Not many schools were interested in Sierra Division Defensive Player of the Year Garrett McIntyre when he starred at South Tahoe High in 2001.
Now even fewer professional football teams are intrigued with the 6-foot-3, 260-pound McIntyre’s chances of contributing in the NFL. McIntyre, last season’s Western Athletic Conference preseason and regular season defensive MVP, was cut by the defending NFC champion Seattle last month and there has been little interest from other teams about signing the free-agent defensive lineman.
“I’m not giving up yet. I just have to get into camp somewhere,” McIntyre said. “It’s pretty tough. I just hired a new agent last week and he’s working on getting me into a training camp. A lot of times guys go down in training camp and that’s when you start getting calls.”
But the news isn’t all bad. The Baltimore Ravens are interested in inviting the four-year Fresno State University starter to a tryout sometime next week.
“It’s hard to say now, but things could happen in the next week or so,” McIntyre said.
Some Fresno State football fans have speculated on Internet chat sites that McIntyre may have to switch from end to middle linebacker to enhance his chances of an NFL career. McIntyre hasn’t played linebacker since high school and doesn’t think a position change is realistic.
“If I play, it will defensive end or d-line,” he said. “I’m not up to that level (as a linebacker) and to learn linebacker would not be easy.”
The Seahawks signed McIntyre to a free-agent deal hours after the second day of the NFL Draft in April. A strained hamstring prevented McIntyre from making much of an impression during a postdraft minicamp.
“I got injured on the first day and they didn’t get to see much of me,” McIntyre said. “They brought me back and then they released me before the (second) minicamp. They are only allowed to have so many players on their roster and they had to release four or five guys, and I was one of them.”
It also didn’t help that the Seahawks inked former Oregon defensive Darrell Wright to a one-year, $275,000 contract after they signed McIntyre. Wright has professional experience, having played for Cologne in NFL Europe.
If an NFL break doesn’t pan out, McIntyre is considering several options. The only one that will keep him in football is joining an Arena Football League team. He won’t consider playing in the Canadian Football League.
“The league is kind of a joke. I’m not saying I’m better than it. It’s not the kind of football I’d want to play,” he said.
The alternative plan is to give up football and finish his degree in construction management. He needs to complete one more semester to get his degree.
Note: Making it in the CFL hasn’t been any easier for former Truckee High football star David DeCoite. He was cut on June 1 by the Calgary Stampeders.
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