A day after the 2013 National Football League Draft, two former Tennessee State offensive lineman signed free agent contracts as left tackle Rogers Gaines joins the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, while center Sherman Carter heads west to join the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
As a senior, Gaines did not give up a sack, and was honored with an All-OVC First Team selection, as well as earning AP First Team All-American honors and Second Team honors from The Sports Network.
A LaVergne, Tenn., native, Carter was an All-OVC First Team selection as a Senior after being a Second Team pick as a junior. He finished his career starting 34 games in a row.
Gaines and Carter were a part of a TSU offensive line that led the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing during the 2012 season at 175.7 yards per game.