By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Orlando Predators have signed free agent defensive back Fred Shaw. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Typically, in the Arena Football League, players either sign a one-year contract or a two-year contract. Since it was not announced in the press release, Shaw could be working on a one-year contract.
During his five-year career, he had 27 interceptions, and received Second-Team All-Arena in 2013. The former Central Oklahoma State player also has five interceptions return for touchdowns and gained 404 yards on the interceptions.
“Fred is one of the elite players in the Arena Football League at his positions,” Predators head coach Rob Keefe said. “There are few defenders who can impact a game the way he does. Fred is a play-maker in the secondary and adds veteran experience to our defense. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to coach him this season.”
This will be Shaw’s first season playing for a team from Florida. He has previously played in the South with the San Antonio Talons.
Shaw began his Arena Football career with the Tulsa Talons in 2011, before the team moved to San Antonio in 2012. He was with them until an April 2014 trade that sent him to the Philadelphia Soul.
He was with the Soul for a month, before being traded to the Spokane Shock, where he did not play a game with them over the rest of the year.
This season, he had 25 tackles and a pass breakup with the Talons. During his short tenure with the Soul, he had 15 tackles and a forced fumble.
He began his career in the af2, formerly known as arenafootball2, with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. The team folded operations in 2009 when Jerry Kurz became the new Commissioner at the Arena Football League.
Recently, Kurz was named AFL President, as Scott Butera was named Commissioner.
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