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Former all-state Northside football player Kiondre Thomas signed a futures contract with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, following a workout.
“I’m really excited because I get to continue my football career," Thomas said. "I’ve been dreaming of playing in the NFL ever since I was 7 years old and the fact that this is a reality for me is a blessing. Not everybody gets this opportunity, so I’m just really grateful.”
Prior to signing with Green Bay, Thomas signed as an undrafted free agent in May 2021 with the Cleveland Browns, before eventually being waived after suffering an injury. In September, he was picked up by the Los Angeles Chargers, where he played in four games and logged 28 snaps on special teams, per Sports Illustrated.
Thomas played three seasons at Minnesota, before moving on to Kansas State as a graduate transfer. He started the final four games during the 2020 season for the Wildcats.
At Northside, Thomas played both ways, but has been a defensive player since transitioning to the college level. He was listed as a three-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite in high school and the No. 8 college prospect in Arkansas for the Class of 2016.
NFL futures contracts put players on a team’s 90-man roster for the following season. It does not go against the salary cap for this season.
This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Northside football: Kiondre Thomas signs futures contract with Green Bay