WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- The New Orleans Saints of the National Football League have signed Monmouth safety Jose Gumbs (Queens, N.Y./Hebron Academy) as an undrafted free agent.
Gumbs, who agreed to terms shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 draft, joins Dallas Cowboys' wideout Miles Austin, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Hogan and Seattle Seahawks tight end John Nalbone as Hawks currently in the NFL. Austin, a perennial pro bowler, was signed by Dallas in 2006 as an undrafted free agent.
Gumbs, selected after the end of the season as a Third Team All-American, is one of the most decorated defensive players ever to play in West Long Branch. He led the team in tackles all four seasons he was a Hawk, finishing third in school history with 306 stops (188 solo). In 2011, Gumbs led the NEC in forced fumbles with four, had nine pass breakups, two interceptions and blocked three kicks while finishing with 75 total tackles.
As a sophomore in 2009 he was named Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a First Team All-NEC selection in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Gumbs was named NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 as a redshirt freshman. The safety started 41 games over four seasons for Monmouth, finishing with five forced fumbles, four interceptions and a number of blocked kicks.
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