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Former Kentucky safety Marcus McWilson agrees to deal with Raiders

Kentucky safety Marcus McWilson celebrated as he left the field after his team defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime on Oct. 3, 2015, in Lexington.
Kentucky safety Marcus McWilson celebrated as he left the field after his team defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime on Oct. 3, 2015, in Lexington. AP

It appears that former Kentucky safety Marcus McWilson has turned a rookie minicamp tryout into an NFL contract.

He agreed to sign with the Oakland Raiders, UK announced on Twitter on Monday.

The Raiders announced the signing of three undrafted free agents later in the day Monday, but McWilson was not among those.

Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Joural reported that McWilson “impressed” at his tryout and that “there is belief he will be signed at some point, perhaps as early as this week, a source said.”

McWilson made 69 tackles, and also returned one interception for a touchdown against Mississippi State, during his senior season at Kentucky.

No Kentucky players were selected in this year’s NFL Draft, but other former Cats with reported free-agent deals include running back Boom Williams (Cincinnati Bengals) and defensive back J.D. Harmon (Cleveland Browns).

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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