San Francisco releases former ‘Nole cornerback

While some former ‘Noles were able to keep their professional dreams alive by signing undrafted free agent contracts following the 2019 NFL Draft, others are struggling to stay afloat. Former Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden is looking to latch on with another NFL team after being released by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week. It’s an unfortunate fall for McFadden, who at one time was projected to be a First or Second Round pick.

However, a slump as a junior and a less than stellar performance at the NFL combine caused McFadden’s stock to fall drastically. He would end up going undrafted before latching on with San Francisco after they offered him $90,000 guaranteed. During his rookie season, McFadden bounced around between California and Indiana. He was one of the final cuts out of the 49ers training camp and was signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad on September 11. The Colts released him two weeks later and McFadden subsequently joined the 49ers practice squad on November 8.

The 6-foot-2 cornerback didn’t see any game action during his first season in the NFL, although San Francisco did sign him to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 2, 2019. After being cut for the third time in his young career, McFadden is at a do or die moment. He needs to take full advantage of any opportunity he gets.

McFadden played in 33 games over his career at Florida State, starting in his final 26 appearances. He recorded 53 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 8 interceptions, and 16 pass deflections during his three years in Tallahassee. All eight of his interceptions came during his breakout sophomore season in 2016 when he picked off a pass in seven of the first nine games to start the year. McFadden was awarded the Jack Tatum award, given to the nations top defensive back, after tying for the second-most interceptions ever by a ‘Nole in a single-season.

The Fort Lauderdale native came to the Seminoles following a standout prep career at American Heritage High School, the same school Brian Burns would come from a year later. McFadden was ranked as the No. 15 overall player and the No. 3 cornerback in the 2015 class, earning him a five-star rating by the 247Sports composite rankings.

Regardless of how his professional career ends up, FSU fans will always remember his dominant season in 2016 alongside defensive stalwarts like DeMarcus Walker, Derrick Nnadi, and Derwin James.

UPDATE 5/6: McFadden was offered a try out by the Kansas City Chiefs. He participated in their rookie mini-camp over the weekend and is looking to latch back on with a team that was inches away from a Super Bowl berth last season.

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