McKinney, Roland Ink Free Agent Deals

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State defensive back Justin McKinney and linebacker Justin Roland each have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams as McKinney will join the St. Louis Rams while Roland inked a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.


McKinney, a senior from Sanford, Fla., was Kansas State’s leading tackler this past season with 74 tackles and also had three interceptions, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and blocked one punt.


In 2007, McKinney was named second team All-Big 12 from the league’s coaches and honorable mention from the Associated Press while starting 25 of his last 28 games, including all 12 games in 2007. McKinney finished his K-State career with 158 total tackles, six interceptions, 26 pass breakups and one kickoff return for a touchdown.


Roland, a tough, rugged linebacker who was named a team captain prior to the 2007 season, started all 12 games in 2007 and finished as the team’s second-leading tackler with 70 stops. A native of Ponca City, Okla., Roland finished his Wildcat career with 87 tackles in 24 games.


McKinney and Roland join Jordy Nelson and Rob Jackson, who were both selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend, as the latest Wildcats to join the league.