Bartu, Morris ink NFL deals
Joplo Bartu and Darryl Morris waited for their opportunity.
Despite not hearing their names called in the 2013 NFL Draft, their ringing phones showed NFL teams wanted them on their rosters.
That’s when opportunity knocked for them in the guise of the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. Bartu signed a free-agent contract with Atlanta, while Morris agreed to terms with San Francisco.
“It felt big to me, kind of like a ‘Mission Accomplished,’” Bartu said. “But it’s not accomplished until I make the 53-man roster.”
Morris felt the same way.
“I just want to make the team first,” Morris said. “Then everything will sort itself out.”
When Bartu narrowed his offers, Atlanta and Green Bay were the finalists. Bartu decided to sign with the Falcons since they wanted him at linebacker, while the Packers wanted to move him to fullback.
“Linebacker is my natural position,” Bartu said. “I wouldn’t mind playing fullback if that’s what someone needed, but linebacker is where I feel best.”
Morris took a while to decide on his future, but settled on the 49ers once he took a look at their roster.
“They wanted me a whole lot and they have a lot of older cornerbacks,” Morris said. “They want to get some young talent in there. If it’s not my year to be a starter, I can still learn from some really good guys.”