From the Plains to the pros: Will Herring

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 1, 2014 

Will Herring (54) of the New Orleans Saints intercepts a pass in the end zone thrown to Jake Ballard (85) of the New York Giants at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 28, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After playing for the Saints from 2011-13, Herring became a free agent this offseason. He has yet to sign with a new team.

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Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Will Herring, Free agent

Position: Linebacker

Drafted: Taken in the fifth round (No. 161 overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007

Career stats (through seven seasons): Appeared in 97 regular season games (10 starts); 144 tackles, one sack; three interceptions; four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery

2014 outlook: After spending seven seasons in the league split between Seattle and New Orleans — four with the Seahawks and the past three with the Saints — Herring was set to continue his career with Dallas, coming to terms on a one-year contract in March. But as quickly as it was signed, the deal was off. Herring’s agent, George Mavrikes, told ESPN.com that his client passed a physical but the Cowboys still viewed him as an injury risk, leading them to renege on the deal. Thus, Herring is a free agent. Though he hasn't officially announced his retirement, it seems he's more-than-prepared to put his playing days behind him. An Opelika native, he's back in the area, recently merging a gym he owns — Herring Fitness — with the Auburn University Club. Earlier this month, he told the Opelika-Auburn News that the only way he'd jump back into the NFL is if "the right fit" emerges.

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