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Cobras Lose Pair Of Linemen In AFL Expansion Draft

Posted December 4, 2001 3:41 a.m. EST

— The Carolina Cobras lost linemen Matt Norwood and Curtis McGee to the Dallas Desperados in the Arena Football League expansion draft.

Dallas, the only 2002 expansion franchise in the 16-team Arena Football League, had the opportunity to select unprotected players from the remaining 15 AFL teams. The Cobras had a total of six players that were left unprotected for the draft: OS Marlon Estes, FB/LB Kevin Jefferson, OL/DL Curtis McGee, OL/DL Allen Mogridge, OL/DL Matt Norwood and QB Brandon Streeter.

Norwood (6-2, 290, Middle Tennessee State) was selected by the Desperados in the seventh round. A rookie in 2001, he played in seven games (missed three games late in the year with a right thumb injury) and totaled four tackles. A standout center at Middle Tennessee State, Norwood got his start in arenafootball2 (af2) with the Tennessee Valley Vipers in 2000.

Dallas also selected McGee (6-5, 305, Georgia Tech) in the 14th round. McGee also played in just seven games after joining the Cobras midway through the season. A natural offensive lineman, McGee totaled just two tackles but did manage to rack up 1.5 sacks on the defensive side of the ball. Prior to joining Carolina, McGee had short stints on the practice squads of several NFL clubs before playing two seasons in NFL Europe and one season in the now-defunct XFL.

The Cobras are preparing for next week's AFL dispersal draft (Monday, December 10), where they have four of the top 21 selections (picks No. 4, No. 5, No. 20 and No. 21). The dispersal draft will have 82 players available from four contracted teams (Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Florida and Houston).

In other off-season player transactions, the Buffalo Destroyers, who traded for Cobras quarterback Fred McNair last week, signed unrestricted free agent fullback/linebacker Jason Bratton. Bratton led the Cobras in rushing last season with 112 yards and scored a career-high 10 rushing touchdowns.