SALT LAKE CITY — When the NFL free agency period opens March 18, Kyle Van Noy is headed for a big payday.
The former BYU star is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and played the past four years for New England, winning a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.
Van Noy is coming off one of his most successful years as a pro, finishing 2019 with 56 tackles, a career-best 6.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and 15 quarterback hits.
It’s little surprise, then, that Van Noy is listed No. 45 on the recently released NFL.com’s top 101 NFL free agents of 2020.
“Van Noy has mastered the Rob Ninkovich role as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker tasked with setting the edge in the run game and rushing the passer in advantageous situations. With Bill Belichick disciples proliferating throughout the league, Van Noy is reaching free agency at an opportune time,” wrote Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling.
Van Noy’s most recent contract with the Patriots was a two-year, nearly $11.8 million deal with $5.5 million in guaranteed money, according to Spotrac. Van Noy’s headed into his seventh NFL season and he’s expected to cash in with his most lucrative contract yet.
“For me personally, I want to do what’s best for my family and I would love to stay in New England,” Van Noy told CBS Sports last month. “It’s going to be home forever. I won Super Bowls there now, the fans have embraced me like their own, I feel like I’m a Bostonian at heart. ...
“But, at the end of the day, it’s a business. I feel like my game has been very consistent the last couple of years and I want to continue that if it’s with (the Patriots) or with someone else.”
The NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week in Indianapolis, with nine Utes and three Aggies headed to the event. Here’s a little buzz on some of the local participants.
"Who was the toughest player you faced this season?"— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 25, 2020
TE Hunter Bryant: "Bradlee Anae"
TE Devin Asiasi: "Oh, that was Bradlee Anae"
Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson — a potential first-round pick — will fully participate in the combine, then undergo surgery next week to repair a torn labrum that he played through last season.https://t.co/Td1LARGCNP— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 24, 2020
There are some fast players here in Indianapolis this week, but one of the fastest will be Utah CB Javelin Guidry Jr., who will have a chance break John Ross’ combine 40-yard dash record of 4.22 seconds. Guidry was a high school 100-meter sprint champ in California and Texas.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2020
And finally ...
Speaking of Van Noy, he retweeted a monstrous dunk from another former Cougar, Brandon Davies.