Zach Wood, a graduate of Rowlett High School, recently signed a four-year contract to remain a member of the New Orleans Saints during the NFL’s free agency period, according to several sources.
Wood’s deal is worth $4.78 million, with $1.3 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $700,000.
Wood graduated from Rowlett in 2011, where he was a standout defensive lineman and earned a scholarship to play at SMU.
After redshirting for one year, Wood became one of the fixtures of the Mustangs defensive line during next four seasons.
It was during his time at SMU that Wood also spent time as a long snapper, which is the position he pursued professionally.
Wood was undrafted in 2016 and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in May of that year but was waived prior to the start of the regular season.
The same happened with the Cowboys the following season, but he was then signed by New Orleans in September of 2017.
Wood has since spent the last three seasons as the full-time long snapper for the Saints and is now signed through the end of the 2024 season.
Wood is one of several local products who are currently making their mark on the NFL landscape and a couple more are hoping to join them, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided by the start of the season.
Rowlett product Marquise Goodwin graduated in 2009 and at the time was more known for his track and field exploits after winning seven gold medals to lead the Eagles to back-to-back state championships.
Goodwin continued to excel on the track at the University of Texas and competed in the long jump at the 2012 Olympics in London, but he never lost sight of his dream to play professional football.
Drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin had a quiet three years before breaking out in his fourth with 29 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns.
Goodwin signed with San Francisco in the offseason and that led to his best season as a pro in 2017, when he had 56 receptions for 962 yards and a pair of scores, which resulted in the 49ers offering him a three-year extension, $20.3 million contract extension.
Goodwin has battled through some injuries during the past two seasons and was placed on injured reserve after nine games a year ago after recording 12 catches in nine games.
Goodwin’s teammate at Rowlett, Damontre Moore, was a first-team All-American at Texas A&M before getting drafted in the third round by the New York Giants in 2013.
Moore has had stints with the Giants, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland again and San Francisco last season.
Charles Omenihu, a 2015 graduate of Rowlett, had a solid career at the University of Texas and was selected in the fifth round by the Houston Texans in 2019.
In his first professional season, Omenihu recorded 13 tackles, three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
Devine Ozigbo graduated from Sachse in 2015 and before excelling at Nebraska for four years.
Ozigbo initially signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent, and after being waived, was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ozigbo did not get any significant action until the final game of the regular season, when he recorded 50 total yards and is hopeful that leads to an extended look next year.
Another Mustang is hoping to join that group, as 2016 Sachse graduate Devin Duvernay enters this year’s upcoming draft.
Duvernay played every game in four years at the University of Texas, and last season, led the nation with 106 receptions for 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns.
One of the fastest players in the draft after recording a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash, Duvernay is projected as a mid-to-late round pick.