Utah ties transaction tracker: Brian Allen is back in the NFL after time in the USFL
The Deseret News is tracking Utah ties involved in NFL roster moves during training camp.
The Deseret News is tracking Utah ties involved in NFL roster moves during training camp, before the start of the 2022 season.
Former University of Utah cornerback Brian Allen signed with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, re-joining the NFL after some time in the USFL.
Allen most recently played for the Birmingham Stallions this spring, helping the Stallions win the USFL championship.
Allen, a 2017 fifth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, has played for six other NFL teams prior to joining the Saints.
Former University of Utah linebacker Chase Hansen signed with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, re-joining the team he’s called home since joining the NFL in 2019 as an undrafted free agent.
Hansen has spent time on the team’s roster — largely on New Orleans’ practice squad — over the previous three seasons.
He came back to the team on Monday, after the Saints’ Kiko Alonso retired over the weekend.
Hansen has played in a total of five games over the past two seasons, with one tackle.
Former University of Utah wide receiver Tim Patrick was put on injured reserve by the Denver Broncos one day after he reportedly tore his ACL during practice.
Per the Broncos, the move makes Patrick ineligible to return during the 2022 season.
Patrick — who signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension last November — will be sidelined during his fifth NFL season after working his way into being one of Denver’s most valuable receivers.
Patrick led the team in touchdown catches (five) last season while also finishing second in receiving yards (734) and third in receptions (53).
Three years after former BYU defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile was last on an NFL roster, he’s back in the league again.
The 27-year-old — who played for BYU from 2013-16 — entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent four years ago. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts in May 2018, but was waived after training camp that year. He then joined the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad midseason.
Laulile signed a reserve/futures contract with the Saints in January 2019, but was then waived in mid-May.
The defensive tackle played this past spring in the USFL for the Houston Gamblers, and even scored a touchdown on his birthday.
Laulile is the second defensive tackle San Francisco has signed this week — former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche was signed Tuesday — after the 49ers’ Arik Armstead sprained his knee on the opening day of training camp. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Armstead is expected to miss “a few weeks,” per ESPN.
Other Utah ties transactions from July 29:
- The Detroit Lions signed former Utah offensive lineman Darrin Paulo. He spent much of last season on the Lions’ practice squad.
- The Las Vegas Raiders placed former Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell on injured reserve. Fackrell, who played last season for the Los Angeles Chargers, isn’t eligible to play for the Raiders this season since he went on IR before preseason cuts occurred, though he could sign with another team if he reaches an injury settlement with Las Vegas and is released.
- The Green Bay Packers waived former Utah defensive tackle Hauati Pututau (Cottonwood High). Pututau is a rookie undrafted free agent who signed with the Packers following the 2022 draft.