Olympic competitor Jeff Demps, a silver medalist in the 400-meter men’s relay event at the 2012 London Olympics, is preparing to sign a contract with the New England Patriots.
According to ESPN, the Olympian is flying to Orlando, Florida where he will meet with Patriots representatives to iron out the details of his agreement. Demps is expected to make an official announcement at 5 pm EST, and, according to sources close to the deal, the Patriots were the only team he was willing to play for.
When asked about the agreement, agent Daniel Rose said any announcements about his players future would be given at 5 pm.
As a running back at Florida State, the 5-foot-7, 191-pound player racked up 569 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games last season. Over his entire college football career, Demps rushed for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns
Demps went undrafted in April as he prepared to compete in the 2012 London Games, but he had received interest from several teams including the New York Jets.
The Patriots will likely utilize Jeff Demps as part of their return game. Coach Bill Belichick said this week that the team needs to get better production out of their special teams and a speedy returner could be what the team has been looking for.
Speaking of his silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Demps told USA Track and Field:
“I just wanted to come out and have fun and enjoy the moment. There was no pressure. I was just excited.”
Details regarding Demps contract have not yet been revealed.