SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Sacramento State tight end T.J. Knowles and safety Ryan McMahon both reached agreements with NFL teams over the weekend. Knowles signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs while McMahon accepted an invitation to the Green Bay Packers mini camp.
Both players wrapped up their playing careers at Sacramento State during the fall and earned all-Big Sky Conference honors. Knowles was an honorable mention selection at tight end after catching 38 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns. His TD total was the most by a Hornet tight end since Chris Kelly had six in 1999. Following the season, Knowles was invited to compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
McMahon was also garnered honorable mention all-Big Sky. While starting every game, he ranked second on the tam with 97 tackles and concluded his career with 183 stops. During 2012, he had 50 solo tackles with 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. He had three games with 10-plus tackles, including 14 against North Dakota.
The pair will join former Hornet All-American Zack Nash in the NFL. Nash played last season at linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals.