Former Trojan Free Agent Signs Big

Former USC Trojan corner Nickell Robey-Coleman was a free agent at this time last year. On April 17, 2017, Robey-Coleman signed with the L.A. Rams after being released by the Buffalo Bills, who had originally picked him up as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 draft.

With the Rams, Robey-Coleman has re-discovered the success he enjoyed during his college stomping ground days. He had four starts in 15 games last season and picked off two passes, one on a tipped throw off the hands of former Bruins tight end  Marcedes Lewis of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also had 49 tackles and knocked down nine passes playing slot corner and nickel back.

Lewis, from Long Beach Poly, will always go down in history as one of the players Pete Carroll wanted most but could not convince to sign with the Trojans. Lewis even told me personally that he got so sick and tired of Carroll badgering him to de-commit from UCLA that he had to tell the Trojan mentor to back off and stop calling because nothing he could ever say was going to change his mind.

For Robey-Coleman, he’ll happily remain a part of a reshuffled Wade Phillips secondary that now also includes former Pro Bowlers Marcus Peters and Agib Talib. reported that Robey-Coleman will receive a three-year, $15.75-million contract, with $8 million guaranteed.