Michael Ola
No. 70     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-19) April 19, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Riverdale, Georgia
Career information
College: Hampton
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Sharks (2012)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     38
Games started     20
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Michael Ola (born April 19, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Hampton University and attended Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia.[1] He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Sharks, Montreal Alouettes, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Giants.

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville SharksEdit

Ola was signed by the Jacksonville Sharks on March 3, 2012. He was released on June 11, 2012.[2]

Montreal AlouettesEdit

Ola signed with the Montreal Alouettes on June 10, 2012.[3] He played for the Alouettes during the 2012 and 2013 CFL seasons.

Miami DolphinsEdit

Ola was signed to a futures contract by the Miami Dolphins on February 7, 2014. He was released by the Dolphins on May 25, 2014.[4]

Chicago BearsEdit

Ola signed with the Chicago Bears on May 28, 2014.[4] He made his NFL debut on September 7 against the Buffalo Bills,[5] and made his first career start the following week against the San Francisco 49ers, replacing the injured Matt Slauson.[6] In the 2014 season, he started at four of the five offensive line positions.[7] Ola was released by the Bears on September 5, 2015.[8]

San Diego ChargersEdit

Ola was signed to the San Diego Chargers' practice squad on September 7, 2015.[9] He was signed to the active roster on October 3, following the Chargers release of running back Donald Brown.[10]

Detroit LionsEdit

Ola was signed by the Detroit Lions on October 20, 2015.[11] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Lions.[12]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On September 13, 2016, Ola was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad.[13] He was released on September 21, 2016.[14]

New York GiantsEdit

On September 21, 2016, Ola was signed to the Giants' practice squad.[15]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On September 28, 2016, Ola was signed by the Bills off the Giants' practice squad.[16] He was released by the Bills on October 25, 2016 and was re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[17][18] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 13, 2016.[19]

On September 2, 2017, Ola was waived/injured by the Bills and placed on injured reserve.[20] He was released on September 6, 2017.[21]

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On October 24, 2017, Ola signed with the Los Angeles Chargers.[22]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On May 14, 2018, Ola signed with the New Orleans Saints.[23] He was released on September 12, 2018.[24] He was re-signed on October 18, 2018.[25] He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve on December 11, 2018.[26]

On February 19, 2019, Ola re-signed with the Saints.[27]


  1. "Michael Ola - 2010 Football". Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  2. "Historical Team Transactions". Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  3. "Transactions - June 2012". Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Michael Ola". Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  5. "Michael Ola". Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  6. Mayer, Larry (September 13, 2014). "Bears backups ready to face 49ers". Chicago Bears. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  7. Mayer, Larry (January 14, 2015). "What's likelihood of Ola returning?". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  8. "Chicago Bears Trim Roster Down To 53". September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  9. Gehlken , Michael (September 7, 2015). "Chargers sign Michael Ola, fill practice squad". Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  10. Patra, Kevin (October 3, 2015). "Chargers cut RB Donald Brown, sign G Michael Ola". Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  11. Birkett, Dave (October 20, 2015). "Lions' Joique Bell says return to the field is near". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  12. "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017.
  13. Boyle, John (September 13, 2016). "Seahawks Sign Fullback Will Tukuafu And Cornerback Neiko Thorpe".
  14. "Seahawks Release Fullback Will Tukuafu, Make Changes To Practice Squad". September 3, 2016.
  15. "Giants Sign OT Laurence Gibson & Michael Ola To Practice Squad, Cut C Shane McDermott".
  16. Brown, Chris. "Bills sign OT Michael Ola". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  17. Brown, Chris (October 25, 2016). "Bills elevate practice squad WR Eagan to active roster".
  18. "Bills sign OT Ola to practice squad". October 27, 2016.
  19. Brown, Chris (December 13, 2016). "S Ihedigbo to I-R; LB Albright waived, two promoted from practice squad".
  20. Brown, Chris (September 2, 2017). "Bills move 30 off the roster to reach 53".
  21. Bouda, Nate (September 6, 2017). "Bills Waive OT Michael Ola From I.R. With Settlement".
  22. Henne, Ricky (October 24, 2017). "Chargers Sign Veteran OL Michael Ola".
  23. "New Orleans Saints announce post-rookie minicamp roster moves". May 14, 2018.
  24. Katzenstein, Josh (September 12, 2018). "Saints cut offensive lineman Michael Ola; re-sign Jermon Bushrod".
  25. Gantt, Darin (October 18, 2018). "Saints bringing back offensive lineman Michael Ola". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  26. "Saints OL Michael Ola goes on injured reserve after suffering high ankle sprain against Tampa Bay". December 11, 2018.
  27. Gantt, Darin (February 19, 2019). "Saints bring back Michael Ola". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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