He grew up in West Scranton and trained this winter in West Hollywood. Now Matt McGloin is back in California with an NFL contract in hand.
McGloin signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, according to his agent, Mark Magazu.
The Scranton native spent time in rookie camp on tryouts with the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers the past two weekends before closing a deal with the Raiders this week.
It hasn’t been an easy path to the pros for McGloin, but it wasn’t an easy path to the starting job at Penn State, either.
“It’s sort of in the tradition of his life experience so far, right?” Magazu said Wednesday night. “We’re excited for him. It’s a good place to be.”
Oakland is in transition at quarterback after trading away starter Carson Palmer in April. The Raiders then dealt for former Green Bay and Seattle backup Matt Flynn, who will enter training camp as the favorite to win the job.
The Raiders also have former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor on the roster. McGloin and Pryor, both Pennsylvania high school standouts, squared off in college in 2010 with Pryor’s Buckeyes coming out on top.
Oakland also used a fourth-round draft pick in April on Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson and previously signed Eastern Washington’s Kyle Padron as an undrafted free agent. Those two figure to be McGloin’s top competition for a roster spot.
First, however, McGloin has to secure a spot in training camp. NFL teams are only allowed to carry 90 players into camp during the summer and the Raiders official roster listed 90 players as of Wednesday.
McGloin said last week he thought this past year running Bill O’Brien’s pro-style offense at Penn State could give him an edge in an NFL training camp.
“They did a great job getting me prepared for camps, installing the offense and getting me used to NFL-type terminology,” McGloin said while stopping in Scranton before trying out with the Panthers.
“The speed may be different, but things don’t change. I feel comfortable throwing the football, picked up the system fast and I know what to expect.”
Magazu said a total of 12 NFL teams showed various levels of interest in McGloin from the end of the draft in April until now.
Two weeks ago, Magazu said McGloin had one contract offer after the draft but that the chances of McGloin catching on with the unidentified team were not ideal.
“It’s always been about plausible pathways for Matt, and we have one here,” Magazu said Wednesday. “The rest is up to him.”