Former Merrimack tight end Dillon Salva has signed to play with the Catalans Grizzlys, a pro team that’s part of the top division in France.
This will be Salva’s first experience playing pro ball overseas.
“After my experience in the NFL, it was a breath of fresh air when coach Stevens contacted me because he actually evaluated my film as a football player and talked to me about actual major factors that come in to play when discussing talent on the field,” Salva said. “It actually shocked me for a second because I was so used to scouts just being worried about what school you came from and what your stats were as opposed to the actual product you put on the field at your respective position. Right then and there, I knew it was a no-brainer to sign with them. I look forward to giving it 110 percent and working toward a championship our first year in the top division.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound dual athlete — he also played basketball at Merrimack — is a New Jersey native who spent part of the 2019 season with the Austin Generals in the Spring League after appearing in the National Bowl and the College Gridiron Showcase after his senior season with the Warriors.
Salva signed with the Washington Redskins and took part in their rookie mini-camp after graduation. He also had a stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
“We’re very excited to bring in an athlete like Dillon,” said Catalans head coach Augie Stevens. “He is exactly the type of player we were looking for – a large, strong, fast, and physical tight end who can be a key point of our offense. We’re looking forward to using his skillset and versatility in a variety of ways. Dillon was the top available player we identified during our scouting search and we’re naturally very pleased to get him signed. The entire team was fired up when we announced it to them. When it comes to import players, I want to bring the best humans here first and foremost. I believe Dillon will be an excellent leader and ambassador of football to our community.”