Pilares comes to terms, Nielsen transferring

July 28th, 2011

Agent Wynn Silberman has good news about one of his clients, former Hawaii receiver Kealoha Pilares. Silberman told me Pilares has come to terms with the Carolina Panthers and will report to the team tomorrow.
The Damien grad will receive a guaranteed signing bonus of around $215,000. If he makes the team, the fifth-round pick will get the new standard $375,000 rookie salary, plus escalators. The total value of the four-year deal could reach close to $2.6 million.

“Kealoha gained a great deal because of the new CBA,” Silberman said, noting that Pilares stands to make $200,000 more in base salary over the course of four years than he would have under the old agreement. “I’m excited for him and glad he gets to get started on his pro career. The Panthers are excited about his versatility and playmaking ability.”


Hawaii sophomore quarterback Corey Nielsen is transferring to St. Francis (Pa.).

Corey Nielsen had an impressive career at Gahr High School in California, and came to Hawaii partly because of strong family ties to the islands. He has been at UH two years and redshirted in 2009, and was mired near the bottom of the UH depth chart. His uncle Jon Nielsen said that when Corey wasn’t invited to preseason camp that starts next week it helped the decision to transfer.

Corey will be missed as a valued practice player and for his positive attitude and presence in the community; for example, he often gave of his time to work with youth and high school players. But he will have a much better chance for playing time at FCS (what used to be Division I-AA) St. Francis. He will not have to sit out a year, and has three years remaining to play three seasons.

14 Responses to “Pilares comes to terms, Nielsen transferring”

  1. Koa-mahu:

    i goin miss u pooky!

  2. Warrior Dave:

    Good luck Corey!

    Sorry things didn’t work out for this young man here in Hawaii. He wanted to be a Warrior so bad. But when one door closes he found another door open to give him a shot to play.

  3. jhb3043:

    good luck to Corey!!

  4. Kevin:


    I think we all can remember the passion he showed for UH during his high school recruitment (i.e. UH logo on his high school helmet, etc…).

  5. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Corey will do just fine. Div1aa will give you the opportunity to strut his stuff. Don’t look at it as a step down, just a better fit. No shame in your game. Best of luck!

  6. jjay:

    So who are the two QB’S they are looking at signing? One was suppose to be coming from a 4yr school ,anyone yet?

  7. kev-1:

    yup . . . better for him. feel bad though, he really did seem like he dreamed of being a Warrior. Good Luck Brah!

  8. Dave Reardon:

    Also read that Greg Salas came to terms with the Rams.


    More details in Friday’s print edition of the SA.

  9. eagle:

    Good Luck Corey !

    Thanks for the Great Effort and Volunteer Work!

    Tear ‘em up @ St. Francis (Pa.)
    Will watch for you at the Top of the D-1AA (FCS) Charts !

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