Former Bastrop Ram and Ole Miss Rebel Marshay Green says he plans to sign with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders if he doesn't hear from an NFL organization within the next few days.
Marshay Green is hoping to hear from an NFL team, but prepared to resume his professional football career in Canada.
After spending three seasons in the NFL, mostly on the practice squad, Green was cut by the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 preseason. It was a move that caught the 5-10, 185-pound cornerback/return specialist by surprise.
“I'm still trying to get past last preseason,” said Green, who was in Bastrop to assist with the 720 Degree Gamers football camp two weekends ago. “I honestly felt like I should have made the roster. I feel like I did everything I could to make the roster.”
Green says he hasn't heard from an NFL team since being let go by the Colts.
“Nobody has any film on me from last year. But, with that being said, the last time I was on the field in the preseason, I played pretty good,” Green said. “It's kind of mind-boggling to me that nobody has called. Honestly, I feel like I'm getting the short end of the stick. Being a free agent and not being 6-1 or 6-2 is working against me and there are a lot of politics that go into it. But, that's happened to a lot of people, so I can't sit back and cry about it.”
At this point, Green says he is considering continuing his career north of the border.
“I'm in the process of signing a contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League,” Green said. “If I don't hear anything within a week, I'm going to go ahead and sign a contract (with the Saskatchewan).”
If Green indeed reports to the Roughriders' camp on May 29, he doesn't plan on being in the CFL for long. His heart is still set on playing in the NFL.
“I'm just going to Canada to get some film and hopefully make my way back to the National Football League,” Green said. “I'm still in my prime.”
Although Green turned 28 in January, his body has endured the minimal wear and tear since being signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss in 2010. He spent two seasons as a member of the Cardinals' practice squad, prior to joining the Colts for the 2012 campaign.
During his three-year pro career, Green has appeared in two regular season games, one each with the Cardinals and Colts.
Although the limited action has been frustrating, Green sees a silver lining.
“I don't have any mileage on my legs because I haven't played that much over the last four years,” Green said.
Regardless of who he suits up for next, Green says conditioning will not be an issue.
“I've trained every day. I'm in shape and I'm healthy,” Green said. “I'm still ready to go. I'll go out and compete with anybody.”
After moving from wide receiver to cornerback following his sophomore season, Green was a two-year starter in the Ole Miss secondary, helping the Rebels to back-to-back Cotton Bowl victories in 2008 and 2009. As a junior, he was named Defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl.
Green signed with Ole Miss following a spectacular career at Bastrop High. A four-year All-District selection and a three-time Class 4A All-State honoree (once as a return specialist, twice as a tailback), Green scored a school record 98 touchdowns while helping the Rams to a 44-6 record from 2001-04.
As he ponders his next move, Green has returned to Ole Miss where he is working toward a degree in psychology.
“My father (Ernest Leopold) has been getting on me about finishing my degree for two or three years,” Green said. “Every time I talk to him, he brings it up.”
Green hopes to complete his college work by next spring. In the meantime, he is continuing to pursue his NFL dreams.