Two prior rookies were cut before they signed

Our crack staff of PFT Planeteers has alerted us to the most recent situation in which a rookie draft pick was not signed by the team that selected him.  And one of our sources pointed out another similar situation, from the mid-1990s.

In 2002, the Eagles simply ran out of rookie pool space, so they had to release their rights to seventh-round defensive end Raheem Brock.

Other picks that year were cornerback Lito Sheppard (first round), safety Michael Lewis (second round), cornerback Sheldon Brown (second round), running back Brian Westbrook (third round), center Scott Peters (fourth round), receiver Freddie Milons (fifth round), and linebacker Tyreo Harrison (sixth round).

In hindsight, it might have been wiser to dump Milons or Harrison; Brock was gobbled up by the Colts, started six games in 2002, and became a full-time starter in 2003.  He has been a fixture at defensive end for Indy ever since.

The other guy to be dumped post-draft, pre-contract by his team was defensive end Christian Peter, in 1996.  Taken by the Pats in the fifth round of the draft, the team severed ties a week later after doing more of the homework that should have been done prior to the draft regarding Peter’s history of misconduct.

The reason for the Raiders’ decision to sever ties with defensive end Stryker Sulak still isn’t know.  As one astute reader has pointed out, it simply could be a case of too many bodies at the position, given that Derrick Burgess has not been traded and Greg Ellis recently has been signed.

18 responses to “Two prior rookies were cut before they signed

  1. What about Buster Davis and the Arizona cardinals?? He then busted in Detroit before moving onto Indy…

  2. Hey Florio, how about getting back to basics. Such as, getting names right. The other player you refer to in the article is Christian Peter NOT “Peters”. I thought you had a proofreader!?!?!. If you need one, I’m still available.

  3. With the Eagles and Raheem Brock , Joe Banner purposefully ran out of money cause he was mad at Brock’s agent for not signing fast and it was over the signing bonus, Brock wanted 28,000 and the eagles only wanted to pay 14,000. Banner was proven wrong but his ego was was stroked.

  4. WOW, you picked out an “astute” comment about the bodies, but you didn’t pick out my comment which is far more astute, and more accurate of the actual reason? Good grief! LOL

  5. Perhaps the Eagles had more guys at D-End than at LB or Receiver which would make it more feasable to cut the D-End.
    The answer to that might require a little more research on your part, which we all know you do not do.

  6. @ Egan
    I don’t know if Florio has a proof reader or not but I’m pretty sure Aaron Wilson needs one.

  7. Hindsight is 20/20, if the Eagles would have known how good he would have eventually become I am sure they would have indeed kept him on the roster and would have let one of the two busts go. But unlike the Raiders, I am positive that the Eagles and Patriots gave their reasons for dumping there rookies upfront when they let them go. That is the difference between classy organizations like the Eagles and Patriots and a Class-less one like the Raiders.

  8. TSE says:
    July 14, 2009 1:09 AM
    WOW, you picked out an “astute” comment about the bodies, but you didn’t pick out my comment which is far more astute, and more accurate of the actual reason? Good grief! LOL
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    You’re pulling stuff straight out of your ass and trying to pass it off as truth. Florio does that enough on his own. He doesn’t need your help.

  9. “As one astute reader has pointed out, it simply could be a case of too many bodies at the position, given that Derrick Burgess has not been traded and Greg Ellis recently has been signed.”
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    And four of those “too many bodies” have never started a game in the NFL. It makes all the sense in the world to sign him and let him compete in training camp. Do they think they know everything about this kid after a minicamp or two? I hope he pulls a Raheem Brock on them.

  10. The answer is very simple Florio!
    The Raiders have 87 players on the roster and NFL rules only allow 80 at training camp. Somebody had to go so why not a player who is not under contract and has no chance of making the squad.
    P.S The Raiders have 5 more players to cut before training camp!

  11. Astute Reader? I think about 20 of us pointed that out to you. If you could get outside your hate of an old man and some laundry, you might have connected the supersize dots yourself.

  12. Many of you are leaving comments during normal business hours. Either you’re unemployed or you’re wasting company time to post. If it’s the former, please spend your days looking for a job. If it’s the latter, please focus on taking orders. P.S. I’ll take a cheeseburger, small fry and a Coke.
    In both cases, your time would be better spent elsewhere than attacking Florio. I’ll settle for something intelligent.

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