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Iowa free agents land with NFL clubs

Weisman to Cincinnati, Trinca-Pasat to St. Louis

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat (90) catches his breath on the sideline after the Hawkeyes scored a l
Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat (90) catches his breath on the sideline after the Hawkeyes scored a late touchdown against the Ball State Cardinals in the 4th quarter at Kinnick Stadium Iowa City on Saturday, September 6, 2014. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

IOWA CITY — It was a long, difficult day for several Iowa players who didn’t realize their NFL draft dreams. But within a few hours of its conclusion, the players found NFL homes all the same.

Iowa defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasa surprisingly was passed over by NFL teams but agreed to terms with the St. Louis Rams. Trinca-Pasat wrote on Twitter: “Officially signed with the St. Louis Rams. Thank God Rams have given me one more opportunity. Those who overlooked me will regret it.”

Iowa running back Mark Weisman reached a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Weisman spent the day at his parents’ home in Buffalo Grove, Ill. “just waiting by my phone because you have to be waiting for calls.” He fielded a few calls but decided Cincinnati was the best spot for him to continue his career as a fullback.

“Definitely not the most pleasant day, but it all works out in the end,” he told The Gazette. “I talked with their running back coach, and it was a great fit. I’m just so excited to go out there and prove myself and just thankful for the opportunity they’re giving me.”

Iowa safety John Lowdermilk confirmed to The Gazette that he agreed to terms with the San Diego Chargers.

Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis, who was drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, tweeted that Iowa wide receiver teammates Damond Powell (Arizona) and Kevonte Martin-Manley (Cleveland) reached deals. Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson reported tight end Ray Hamilton (Dallas) and linebacker Quinton Alston (Tampa Bay) also had agreed to terms.

Former Iowa State center Tom Farniok (Minnesota) and defensive end Cory Morrissey (Baltimore) reached deals, per Iowa State athletics. Wilson reported former ISU defensive tackle David Irving had reached terms with Kansas City.

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Terms with Iowa State tight end E.J. Bibbs, Northern Iowa defensive tackle Xavier Williams and Morningside running back Brandon Wegher were not immediately known.

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