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Herzlich says he hasn’t made a decision on an NFL team

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We were leery last night about accepting as accurate the widespread reports from sites and/or Twitter feeds of which we hadn’t previously heard regarding the destinations of undrafted free agents.

Perhaps the biggest name is former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, a cancer survivor whom the NFL foolishly invited to the 2011 draft without assurances that someone will pick him.

Multiple reports have linked Herzlich to the Ravens.  A team source advised us that the team had not yet signed Herzlich, a response that we interpreted as a matter of semantics, given that teams couldn’t sign undrafted players last night, after all.

Herzlich himself supplied a less equivocal response via Twitter:  “For everyone I have not signed with anyone yet and am still making my decision.”

It doesn’t mean he won’t pick the Ravens.  It apparently means that he hasn’t, yet.

The placement of a per-team cap of $75,000 on signing bonuses for undrafted free agents complicates Herzlich’s decision, given that teams no longer have the ability to put their money where their mouths are.

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13 Responses to “Herzlich says he hasn’t made a decision on an NFL team”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 7:33 AM

    Herzlich’s story is amazing. I wish him all the luck

  2. liltifer says: Jul 26, 2011 7:38 AM

    “The placement of a per-team cap of $75,000 on signing bonuses for undrafted free agents complicates Herzlich’s decision”

    Shouldn’t it make his decision easier? Now he can choose to play for whichever team he wants to play for since he’s not going to try and go for the one that will simply pay him the most – unless many teams are staying well short of the cap.

  3. jjrs89 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:40 AM

    Cancer sucks

  4. suhisbetterthanu says: Jul 26, 2011 7:46 AM

    He should go to the Lions.

  5. kingmj4891 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:46 AM

    Lions grab this guy now!!!!

  6. hjfwright says: Jul 26, 2011 7:52 AM

    ” a cancer survivor whom the NFL foolishly invited to the 2011 draft”

    Hmm well given that his was arguably the most uplifting story of football in 2010, I wouldn’t exactly call the NFLs invitation to go to day 1 of the draft (where everyone, including Mark himself, knew he would be a first round pick) foolish… Maybe gracious is the word you were looking for.

  7. hjfwright says: Jul 26, 2011 7:53 AM

    Wouldn’t* d’oh

  8. Exiled1 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:07 AM

    Real honest to God football articles all over the internet this morning.

    Christmas in July it is!!!!!!

    Thanks you guys at PFT for keeping us informed on the labor shibacle and now our training camp blitzkrieg that starts today.

  9. shamburg says: Jul 26, 2011 8:15 AM

    EAGLES!!!!

  10. plundergrunge says: Jul 26, 2011 8:28 AM

    Patriots or Colts.

  11. brasho says: Jul 26, 2011 8:30 AM

    Yes, teams can only give out $75K in bonuses, but can’t they give higher base salaries to the UDFAs that they most desire (and make the team)?

  12. rc33 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:37 AM

    The folks at PFT are going to be earning their paychecks the next couple weeks. This is gonna mayhem.

  13. rhino727 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:33 AM

    I think if the lions offer him a contract, he should strongly consider it because he would have a very good chance of seeing early PT given the LB core.

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