Anthony Dima Signs Free Agent Contract With Cleveland Browns
May 13, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The Cleveland Browns announced Monday that former UMass offensive tackle Anthony Dima has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the franchise following the 2014 NFL Draft. Dima was one of 11 players who signed free agent deals with the Browns in Monday's announcement.
Dima stands a strong chance of making the club if UMass' recent history holds true as several former Minutemen have become key figures on NFL teams after signing as undrafted free agents. Perhaps two of the most well known to do so are Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and James Ihedigbo who signed earlier this offseason with the Detroit Lions. Both players have gone from free agents signees to Super Bowl Champions following their UMass careers.
Dima also brings UMass' current NFL player list to 13 following Rob Blanchflower being drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to Dima and Blanchflower, Jeremy Cain, Michael Cox, Cruz, Vladimir Ducasse, John Griffin, Ihedigbo, Emil Igwenagu, Stephane Milhim, Jeromy Miles, Josh Samuda and Julian Talley are all on current NFL rosters.
Dima earned Mid-American Conference All-Conference Third Team honors following the 2013 campaign. The fifth-year senior started every game but one for the Minutemen last season and was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List during the preseason.
A native of Centereach, N.Y., Dima finished his career making 31 starts in 34 games for the Minutemen including 11 starts in 2013. The mainstay at left tackle last year helped UMass dramatically improve its pass protection allowing just 16 sacks compared to 32 sacks in 2012. The Minutemen were tied for fifth in the league for fewest sacks allowed in 2013.
Dima also helped the offense's run game improve in year two at the Football Bowl Subdivision. UMass rushed for over 1,500 yards on the ground averaging 125.2 yards per game in 2013 compared to 1,075 yards rushing and an 89.6 yard per game average in 2012.
The 6-foot-7, 302 pound tackle was considered one of UMass' top NFL prospects from the 2013 squad. Entering the 2013 season, Dima was also named to the Phi Steele Preseason All-MAC Team before being placed on the Outland Trophy Watch List.
He started his collegiate career at Hofstra in 2009 before the Pride dropped its football program. He transferred to UMass in 2010 and became a full time starter in 2011.