Tannenbaum to undrafted rookies: 'Call me!'

April, 26, 2009
4/26/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The draft is complete. Now it's time to recruit.

Over the next several hours, teams will burn the phone lines in an attempt to land the best rookies who went undrafted. Each year, undrafted players emerge as valuable contributors and sometimes evolve into stars.

Bart Scott, Jason Peters, James Harrison, Kurt Warner, Antonio Gates ... The list goes on.

Each team has a sales pitch ready to go, but the most attractive situation in the NFL might be in Florham Park, N.J., home of the New York Jets.

"We truly are the land of opportunity for free agents this year with only three picks," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "So we are going to be very, very aggressive through the evening here signing free agents.

"Anybody out there listening, there's great opportunities."

The Jets drafted only three players. They exited the weekend with as many players as they had going into it because they included quarterback Brett Ratliff, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and safety Abram Elam in the package that brought Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"Realistically, we can sell the facts," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "The facts are we drafted three players, and we had to give up three players. So I think we can do the math and figure out that there are some definite opportunities to make this football team."

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