Garner graduate Chris Culliver has signed with the Miami Dolphins. It’s the third NFL team for the former Trojan, who has 26 starts with the 49ers and Redskins during his career. He was released by the Redskins earlier this year and is in the final stages of recovery from a major knee injury (torn MCL and ACL) suffered in November.
Although he told the Washington Post last week he expects to be ready to be on the field “soon,” there is a strong possibility he could begin the season on the physically unable to preform list. Once a player goes on the PUP list at the beginning of the regular season, they are not able to be activated to play until after the sixth week of the season.
Working in Culliver’s favor is the lack of depth and experience in the Dolphins’ secondary. Miami’s only cornerback with experience on a comparable level to Culliver is Byron Maxwell.
ProFootballTalk.com reported the one-year contract could be up to $5 if Culliver plays all 16 games, including a $1 million base salary and $300,000 in guaranteed money …
Southeast Raleigh High grad Daniel McCullers is having a solid, but not particularly newsworthy camp as he begins his third year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6-foot-7, 352-pound defensive lineman is being penciled in as the Steelers’ starter at nose tackle. The third year is typically a big year in the Pittsburgh defense for young players with the complexity of the scheme used by previously Dick LeBeau and current coordinator Keith Butler.
McCullers gets to play in North Carolina when the Steelers visit the Panthers in Charlotte for their third preseason game on Sept. 1.
Garner grad Greg Milhouse, a free agent rookie defensive lineman with the New York Giants, is listed on the second team at left defensive tackle after the opening preseason game. He had three solo tackles and one assist in the Giants’ loss to Miami last week.
Sharks win swim league title: The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center Sharks won their first Southern Metro Swim League championship earlier this summer. The Sharks finished with 536.5 team points in the championship meet. The Edgebrook Eels were second with 525 points.
The Sharks were coached by Shannon Walters, Elizabeth Ashley, John Fischetti, Mikia Jacobs, Gracie Smith and Peyton Whitaker and included 68 swimmers ages 4-18.
“I could not be more proud of my swimmers,” said Walters. “It was a great season since the first day of practice. We started at the beginning of the season with a goal of practicing like a champion and that is what they did.”
Swanson makes debut with Braves: Dansby Swanson the Atlanta Braves’ top prospect made the jump all the way from the Carolina Mudcats to the Braves’ Major League roster in just four months.
Swanson made his first MLB start with the Braves on Wednesday night, going 2-for-4.
During his time with the Mudcats, he hit .333 with 12 doubles in 21 games played.
Swanson becomes the 10th former Carolina player to make his MLB debut in 2016, joining Rob Whalen (2015 Mudcats), Ben Heller (2014), Shawn Morimando (2013,
2014), Erik Gonzalez (2013-14), Mauricio Cabrera (2015), Mike Clevinger (2014), Joseph Colon (2012-13), Ryan Merritt (2013, 2014) and Tony Wolters (2012-13).