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Beware unconfirmed reports of UDFA signings

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Now that the draft has ended, teams may sign players who weren’t picked.  It’s a potentially valuable aspect of the process, given that players like John Randle — undrafted when the draft had 12 rounds — have made it to the Hall of Fame.

But as the land rush unfolds and as scattered unconfirmed reports of signings arise, it’s important to wait for official confirmation of the signings by the teams.  Last year, for example, when the lockout ended and teams were finally permitted to round up rookies on whom dibs weren’t called, multiple erroneous reports of signings emerged via Twitter accounts and websites — and then those reports were picked up and spread and several of them ultimately were flat wrong.

The most glaring example was linebacker Mark Herzlich, who widely was reported as having signed with the Ravens.  He actually signed with the Giants — and he’ll soon be wearing one more Super Bowl ring than Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Kelly, Donovan McNabb, Barry Sanders, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, and I could keep going but you get the point, combined.

So we’re going to wait until the teams confirm the signings.  Especially since most of the players who’ll be joining NFL teams as undrafted free agents will, come September, be watching the games on TV, just like the rest of us.  And they’ll ultimately have as many Super Bowl rings as Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Kelly, Donovan McNabb, Barry Sanders, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, and I could keep going but you get the point, combined.

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18 Responses to “Beware unconfirmed reports of UDFA signings”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 29, 2012 10:03 AM

    RG3 will be watching games in September, ,………from his hospital room, ALL HAIL TO THE COLTS !!!!!

  2. mp42245 says: Apr 29, 2012 10:07 AM

    Why not post them. You’re good at relaying rumors.

  3. spellingcopfather says: Apr 29, 2012 10:14 AM

    We all would like the Raiders to be the first team you give updated undrafted free agent signings on, thank you!!!

  4. lotusfather says: Apr 29, 2012 10:18 AM

    Wasn’t funny the first time, but the second time I got your point, and combined, it made me lol.

  5. electionconfidential says: Apr 29, 2012 10:23 AM

    Another non-story.

  6. ksansevere says: Apr 29, 2012 10:29 AM

    He’ll soon be wearing one more Super Bowl ring than Mike Florio, the entire PFT staff, and I could keep going but you get the point, combined.

  7. mnjoemama says: Apr 29, 2012 10:32 AM

    All American guard Austin Pasztor to Vikes! Skol baby

  8. xx4zu1 says: Apr 29, 2012 11:35 AM

    If I were a UDFA I’d be looking at two teams the Pats and the Cowboys in some years they keep more UDFAs than draft picks. I’d also look at the skins since they never have any drafts picks to use.

  9. jwreck says: Apr 29, 2012 11:54 AM

    peytonsneck18 says: Apr 29, 2012 10:03 AM
    RG3 will be watching games in September, ,………from his hospital room, ALL HAIL TO THE COLTS !!!!!
    ______
    Why? Really, why? The Redskins and Colts are both bad teams trying to return to their franchises to greatness. Colts fans and Washington fans are really in the same boat here, they don’t have a historic rivalry, and they’re not even in the same conference: why would you wish ill on Robert Griffin and the Redskins? Personally I don’t think Tannehill or Weeden will suceed at the NFL level, but as a football fan and a decent human being, I wish nothing but the best of luck to the Browns and Dolphins going forward.

  10. cw3214 says: Apr 29, 2012 1:39 PM

    What was the point of putting McNabb’s name in bold?

  11. bigbadal21 says: Apr 29, 2012 2:14 PM

    cw3214 says:Apr 29, 2012 1:39 PM

    What was the point of putting McNabb’s name in bold?

    Only player mentioned that is not retired.

  12. bleedgreen33 says: Apr 29, 2012 2:37 PM

    Jwreck: What do you mean why? The guy’s right. RG3 will be a complete bust and that organization will continue to be the worst in the league as long as Dan Snyder is there. Skins fans are as dilusional as their front office. They obviously don’t even have confidence in RG3 since they picked another QB right behind him!! What kind of a bonehead move is that?? As far as I’m concerned there are only 3 teams in the NFC east (really 2 as long as Romo is in Dallas). The skins haven’t been relevant for nearly 20 years. I’ve seen JV high school programs better than this sorry group. Get with the program.

  13. bleedgreen33 says: Apr 29, 2012 2:40 PM

    Return to greatness? You gotta be kidding me. RG3 transforms this team from a 5 win team to a 6 win team. Please.

  14. mezcal14 says: Apr 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    Eagles fans are as delusional as their front office. They obviously don’t even have confidence in MV7 since they picked another QB in the 3rd round!! What kind of a bonehead move is that?

    Dream team!!!!!!!

  15. mezcal14 says: Apr 29, 2012 3:00 PM

    Addendum:

    The Eagles haven’t been relevant…ever.

  16. billhicks666 says: Apr 29, 2012 3:45 PM

    bleedgreen33 says:

    “Jwreck: What do you mean why? The guy’s right. RG3 will be a complete bust and that organization will continue to be the worst in the league as long as Dan Snyder is there. Skins fans are as dilusional as their front office….”

    Uh-oh, someone is feeling very threatened by the fact that RGIII is on another team in his team’s division. Keep up the bluster, buddy, you’re not fooling anybody.

  17. oldbyrd says: Apr 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    mezcal7 ud be dangerous if you knew what you were talking about. You need to think about about another sport to be critial about. The Eagles have always been more than competitive in the last several years. One name Dan Snyder jerk

  18. jwreck says: Apr 29, 2012 8:12 PM

    Jesus H. Christ, I had no idea that would ignite such a firestorm of controversy.

    Is it really asking so much to suggest that there’s no reason for fans of one bad team to attack another bad team?

    And bleedgreen, it has nothing to do with the success of RG3, as a Philadelphian, it is your God-given right and duty to want him to fail. It’s simply a question of why a 2-14 AFC team would want the new quarterback of a 5-11 NFC team to bust horrifically, setting the team back ten years.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a classic overoptimistic DC fan, I think Griff will be the greatest player ever to touch a football, I’m just saying, realistically,it isn’t like the Colts and Redskins will be playing for the Lombardi anytime soon.

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