Aug. 6, 2011
From Lafayette Athletic Communications
EASTON, Pa. - Former Lafayette football standout Blake Costanzo has inked a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, putting his name on a contract that could be worth as much as $800,000 according to The Bergen (N.J.) Record.
Costanzo spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns playing under current 49ers assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely, who coached the Browns special teams at the time. During his career, Costanzo (6-1, 235) has played in 45 games, notching 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries on special teams.
In 2009, Costanzo played in all 16 games, notching 14 tackles with three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble on special teams. He was selected to SI.com's All-Pro team on special teams that season. In 2010, he played in 10 games and recorded seven tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams before a groin injury that required surgery forced him to miss the final six games.
After graduating from Lafayette in 2006, Costanzo signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent and later spent time with the Buffalo Bills from 2007-08, playing in 19 games and registering 33 special teams tackles, including a team-high 26 stops in 2008. He was claimed off waivers by Cleveland in June 2009.
Costanzo finished his Lafayette career with 307 tackles, 18 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 12 passes defended. He was part of three Patriot League championships teams.
At least three former Patriot Leaguers are expected to be on active NFL rosters in 2011. Former Fordham quarterback John Skelton (2006-09) enters his second season with the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Also, former Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley (2007-10) heads into his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being drafted in the third round by the team in April's NFL Draft. Rackley became the highest-ever NFL Draft pick out of the Patriot League.
Hoping to join the trio, former Fordham standouts Stephen Skelton and Isa Abdul-Quddus also signed contracts to head to NFL training camps. Skelton joined his brother in Arizona, while Abdul-Quddus signed with the New Orleans Saints.