After more than a year out of football, former Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet surfaced Friday when he was signed to Buffalo's practice squad. The Bills are the eighth NFL team to sign Maysonet as a free agent since he went unclaimed in the 2013 draft.
The most recent stop in Maysonet's odyssey had been with Pittsburgh, which cut him near the end of training camp in August 2014. When his career at Stony Brook ended, it appeared there was a good chance he would be the first Seawolf to make an active NFL roster, but that milestone was achieved by former SBU tight end Will Tye two weeks ago with the Giants.
Maysonet was the runner-up for the 2012 Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He also earned FCS All-American honors after setting SBU records with career totals of 4,725 yards rushing and 53 total touchdowns. Counting his freshman year at Hofstra, Maysonet rushed for 5,110 yards and scored 56 TDs.
In high school at Riverhead, Maysonet was Newsday's 2008 Hansen Award winner as the top player in Suffolk County. Some projected him as a potential fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft, but the call never came.
As soon as the draft ended, Maysonet agreed to terms with Philadelphia, but coach Chip Kelly cut him in a dispute with management two months before training camp even began. That started Maysonet's trek from one NFL team to another.
Cleveland claimed him on waivers but cut him at the end of training camp in 2013. Maysonet signed practice-squad deals with Indianapolis, San Diego, the Jets and Washington during the 2013 season. Pittsburgh signed him in January 2014, and he stuck with the Steelers through training camp.
At long last, the player who lit up LaValle Stadium with his explosive runs has one more chance to make it in the NFL. Neither Maysonet nor his agent responded immediately to Newsday's attempts to reach them Friday night.