Friday, May 10, 2013
Circling back on our UCLA newcomers
By Kevin Seifert
So it looks like I zigged this week when I should have zagged on the eligibility of three former UCLA players for NFC North offseason work.
As it turns out, running back Johnathan Franklin, offensive lineman Jeff Baca and punter Jeff Locke are eligible for minicamps and organized team activities. All three graduated in June 2012, according to this news release on the official web site of UCLA athletics. Thus, they are exempted from an NFL rule that prevents rookies from taking part in any offseason work beyond rookie minicamps until their school's final exam.
UCLA's spring semester doesn't conclude until mid-June, which would have wiped out the rest of the Green Bay Packers' offseason for Franklin and most of it for the Minnesota Vikings' Baca and Locke if the rule applied.
Franklin told reporters in Green Bay on Friday that he is eligible for the rest of the offseason.
The Chicago Bears' Kyle Long remains ineligible for the offseason after this weekend's rookie minicamp, as we previously noted. Sorry for any confusion I might have helped create there. Don't get me started on how it happened. In the end, it's my bad. Carry on.