New Jersey Generals Sign DT Olive Sagapolu & OL Micah Vanterpool

New Jersey Generals Sign Olive Sagapolu & Micah Vanterpool

The USFL free agency shakeups just keep on rolling. The New Jersey Generals have signed DT Olive Sagapolu from the Pittsburgh Maulers, and also re-signed OL Micah Vanterpool on Tuesday.

DT Olive Sagapolu

In a blockbuster move, the Generals have snagged DT Olive Sagapolu. This comes as a bit of a shock, as many expected him to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Maulers.

Sagapolu came into the USFL in 2022, and served the Maulers with quality play. He finished the year with 28 total tackles, and two sacks, as Pittsburgh stumbled to a 1-9 record.

However, 2023 would tell a different story for the team. Olive posted 22 tackles, 3 TFL, and four sacks en route to a Championship appearance with the team.

In fact, Sagapolu played a key role in getting Pittsburgh to the Championship. During their playoff matchup against Michigan, he forced a fumble on Reggie Corbin which led to a touchdown. Then, in overtime, he broke up a pass that ultimately won the team the game.

Following his impressive USFL campaigns, Sagapolu landed with the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL preseason. He was released by the team at the end of August.

Since Olive was a free agent, he has now decided to join the New Jersey Generals for the 2024 season. This is quite the change of scenery, and puts the Generals in an excellent position defensively. The team recently re-signed DT Toby Johnson, and DE Hercules Mata’afa. That defensive line is looking scary.

OL Micah Vanterpool

Micah Vanterpool has returned to the New Jersey Generals, in an effort to boost their offensive line. Vanterpool was signed by New Jersey late in the 2023 season, but did not see any playing time down the stretch.

In the offseason, Micah had a stint with the New England Patriots, alongside Stallions’ RB C.J. Marable. Vanterpool was the first General to sign to an NFL team in 2023.

Micah Vanterpool played his college ball at the University of Hawai’i, and was spectacular. He started all 13 games in 2022 at right guard, and didn’t allow a single sack on over 500 snaps. Vanterpool was the only offensive lineman in his conference to accomplish that. Now, he returns to New Jersey for 2024.

Final Thoughts

General Manager Billy Devaney has been aggressive this offseason. The team has re-signed plenty of key players, while bringing in some new faces. On Monday, the Generals signed CB Derrick Langford.

After a 3-7 record in 2023, the New Jersey Generals are looking to get back on track next year. These moves are an excellent step in the right direction.

What are your thoughts on Olive Sagapolu jumping ship to New Jersey? How will Micah Vanterpool impact the offensive line? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

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