Pro Career: Originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns on 5/1/09. Waived by the Browns on 9/6/09 and signed to the practice squad on 9/8/09. Signed to the active roster on 11/9/09. Waived/injured (elbow) by the Browns on 8/27/12. Signed with the Patriots on 1/4/13 and was released on 8/30/13. Signed by the Cardinals on 10/2/13. Re-signed with the Cardinals on 3/12/14, agreeing to a one-year contract.
2013: Played in 12 games and made one start after signing with the Cardinals on 10/2 … recorded 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble … tied for second on the team with 14 QB hits and was fourth with 12 QB pressures … also finished second on the team with a career-best seven special teams tackles … made Cardinals debut and played on defense and special teams vs. Car (10/6) … started for the first time with Arizona and had two QB hits and one QB pressure vs. Sea (10/17) … recorded his first sack as a Cardinal, taking down Matt Ryan for an eight-yard loss to force a punt in the first quarter vs. Atl (10/27); totaled four tackles and led the team with both four QB pressures and four QB hits; also had one special teams tackle … collected two tackles, a QB pressure and a QB hit vs. Hou (11/10) … recorded two solo tackles, two QB hits and one QB pressure @ Jax (11/17); also had one special teams tackle … had one solo tackle, two QB pressures and two QB hits vs. Ind (11/24) … shared a sack with Calais Campbell in the fourth quarter to force a punt @ Phi (12/1); also had three tackles, two QB pressures, two QB hits and one special teams tackle … sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick and recorded his first career forced fumble on Titans opening drive @ Ten (12/15); also had three tackles, a QB pressure, a QB hit and one special teams tackle … assisted on one tackle and had one special teams tackle @ Sea (12/22) … collected two special teams tackles vs. SF (12/29).
2011: Played in the first four games … posted two tackles and a half-sack and had one special teams tackle … collected one tackle, a half-sack and a special teams tackle in season opener vs. Cin (9/11) … recorded one tackle vs. Ten (10/2) … placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List on 10/12 after being involved in a motorcycle accident two days prior.
2010: Saw action in 15 games with two starts and led the team with 7.5 sacks … also had 26 tackles, two passes defensed and two special teams tackles … made his first career start and had 1.5 sacks in season opener @ TB (9/12) ... collected a sack for the second straight game vs. KC (9/19) … had two tackles and a sack vs. Atl (10/10) … registered three tackles and one sack @ NO (10/24) … had a sack in back-to-back games vs. NYJ (11/14) and @ Jax (11/21) … posted a career-high five tackles and one sack @ Buf (12/12) … started at LB in season finale vs. Pit (1/2/11).
2009: Played in six games after spending the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad … totaled 11 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three special teams tackles … finished the season tied for sixth among all NFL rookies with 3.5 sacks despite playing in only six games … signed to the active roster on 11/9 … made his NFL debut and had three tackles vs. Bal (11/16) … collected three tackles and a career-high two sacks vs. Pit (12/10), becoming the first Browns rookie to have a multi-sack game since Kamerion Wimbley had two against Tampa Bay on 12/24/06 … had one sack vs. Oak (12/27) … registered a season-high four tackles and a half-sack vs. Jax (1/3/10).
College: Played two years at Jackson State where he recorded 25.0 career sacks … earned All-SWAC honors after collecting 80 tackles and 16.0 sacks as a senior in ’08 … played in all 12 games and had 45 tackles and nine sacks as a junior … began his college career at Grand Rapids (MI) Community College … had 33 tackles and nine sacks in just five games in ’06 after totaling 43 tackles and 12.0 sacks in ’05.
Personal: Attended Ypsilanti (MI) High School where he played tight end and was named to the All-District team and to the Seniors of America List … also was named to the Dean’s List … born in Adrian, MI and coached a 4th-6th grade AAU basketball team called the Midwest Titans in his hometown … has three sons: Domanic, Marcus Jr. and Ashai.