Monday, April 30, 2012
Big Ten undrafted free agent signings
By Adam Rittenberg
Several Big Ten players who didn't hear their names called in New York during the weekend still received some good news about their football futures. As soon as the NFL draft concluded, the undrafted free agent scramble began.
Here's an initial list of Big Ten UFA signings. Every Big Ten squad except Indiana had a player signed through free agency. We'll be sure to post more as they become official.
- Quinn Barham, OL, Detroit Lions
- Derek Moye, WR, Miami Dolphins
- D'Anton Lynn, CB, New York Jets
- Andrew Szczerba, TE, Dallas Cowboys
- Eric Latimore, DE, Minnesota Vikings
- Nick Sukay, S, Buffalo Bills
- Chaz Powell, CB, Oakland Raiders
- Louis Nzegwu, DE, Atlanta Falcons
- Antonio Fenelus, CB, Indianapolis Colts
- Jake Byrne, TE, New Orleans Saints
- Aaron Henry, S, Oakland Raiders
- Patrick Butrym, DT, San Francisco 49ers
Several players seem to be in good situations, whether it's playing for their hometown team (Kinnie, Netter) or near a family member (Lynn, whose dad, Anthony, coaches running backs for the Jets). It's still shocking to see Brewster on this list rather than the draft one. I'm also surprised Moye, Wiggs, Linthicum and Dimke didn't get drafted.
Other Big Ten players have tryouts with NFL squads, such as Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa (Tampa Bay), Minnesota wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight (Minnesota Vikings), Indiana offensive lineman Chris McDonald (Miami, Green Bay) and Minnesota safety Kim Royston (Minnesota Vikings).