Former Penn State defensive end Brad Bars has signed a rookie free agent contract with the New York Giants.
Bars is the seventh Nittany Lion to be drafted or sign a free agent deal since April, joining tackle Donovan Smith (Tampa Bay), safety Adrian Amos (Chicago Bears), tight end Jesse James (Pittsburgh Steelers), guard Miles Dieffenbach (Pittsburgh Steelers), linebacker Mike Hull (Miami Dolphins) and linebacker Deion Barnes (New York Jets).
“Awesome to see Brad get a chance at the next level,” Penn State Head Coach James Franklin said in a statement released by the athletic department. “He is a kid that battled through some injuries during his career here at Penn State, but maintained a positive attitude and worked hard each day. He was willing to do anything that we asked and made the most of his opportunities. He excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-District and has his degree from Penn State.”
After missing all of the 2013 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, Bars became a contributor on special teams and defense in 2014. As a senior, Bars had 10 tackles, including two tackles for a loss. He also had a 32-yard run on a fake punt at Illinois to convert on a fourth down. Bars saw time in eight games on defense and special teams in 2012. In his first season on the field, Bars saw playing time in 12 games.