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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Randee Drew has signed a free agent contract with the 49ers. It said he had interest from other teams as well. The article went on to say that later in the week a list will be released with all the undrafted free agent signings. Hopefully, this list is loaded with Huskies.
04-26-2004 08:50 AM
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badgerhater Wrote:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Randee Drew has signed a free agent contract with the 49ers.  It said he had interest from other teams as well.  The article went on to say that later in the week a list will be released with all the undrafted free agent signings.  Hopefully, this list is loaded with Huskies.
P. J. Fleck also signed with the 49ers, and Akhil Grant signed with the Titans.
04-26-2004 08:56 AM
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If you look at the 49ers and Titans rosters, all three have a shot to make the team or at least the practice squad. Hope at least one of them sticks.
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Dog Fan Wrote:
badgerhater Wrote:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Randee Drew has signed a free agent contract with the 49ers.  It said he had interest from other teams as well.  The article went on to say that later in the week a list will be released with all the undrafted free agent signings.  Hopefully, this list is loaded with Huskies.
P. J. Fleck also signed with the 49ers, and Akhil Grant signed with the Titans.
I love this Titans thing. They lose one former NIU player and add another. Lets hope we can keep this up for many years to come. :)

I was really shocked that Azar wasn't picked up by anyone(draft or otherwise). Is there something he did/didn't do to cause this? I know he missed a couple fg's in the post-season games but did that drop him THAT much?

Good luck to everyone that made it! 04-bow
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RobertN Wrote:
Dog Fan Wrote:
badgerhater Wrote:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Randee Drew has signed a free agent contract with the 49ers.  It said he had interest from other teams as well.  The article went on to say that later in the week a list will be released with all the undrafted free agent signings.  Hopefully, this list is loaded with Huskies.
P. J. Fleck also signed with the 49ers, and Akhil Grant signed with the Titans.
I love this Titans thing. They lose one former NIU player and add another. Lets hope we can keep this up for many years to come. :)

I was really shocked that Azar wasn't picked up by anyone(draft or otherwise). Is there something he did/didn't do to cause this? I know he missed a couple fg's in the post-season games but did that drop him THAT much?

Good luck to everyone that made it! 04-bow
We all love azar but I don't think the NFL looks at him that way. I remember looking at some predraft websites and the chi trib, and he wasn't even in the top 5 kickers. His leg wasn't as strong as i guess some want in the NFL. Also one has to remember that there are not many openings at kicker, and very few teams keep 2.
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Where did you guys get that stuff about Fleck and Grant?
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<a href='http://star.niu.edu/sports/articles/042604-trio.asp' target='_blank'>http://star.niu.edu/sports/articles/042604-trio.asp</a>
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Azar is hurt by his short kickoffs - NFL teams don't want to have to use a roster spot on a second kicker just for kickoffs (though the Colts just drafted a kickoff specialist - Vanderjagt must've been that bad on kickoffs, and they can afford the spot).

Grant is a hard-hitting aggressive safety like Fisher likes - not unlike Blaine Bishop. I hope he sticks - I'm sure special teams are in his immediate future, and his experience covering gunners for NIU's punt return team I'm sure helped him there.

I really hope Duffy gets a chance to stick with the Bears.
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Hopefully Nick Duffy can show enough to make the Bear practice squad. Its a longshot, but I will be rooting hard. Steve Azar was a wonderful placekicker at the collegiate level. Kickoff ability is very important in the NFL. Teams can find ample guys who can accurately kick short to medium range field goals. The key becomes kickoff ability. Given San Diego's depth at running back and the sorry state of their team, it will be interesting to see if Michael Turner sticks or winds up on the practice squad for a year. One thing is for sure, his ability to make the roster will be based on his prowess on special teams. Hopefully he can demonstrate an ability to fly down the field on kickoffs and punts and learn how to put a lick on the ballhandler.
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According to the NFL.com's depth chart for San Diego, LT's current back- up is former Bear's RB Leon Johnson. I would hope Turner could beat him out as the primary back-up for LT. Although Johnson was a decent special teams player for the Bears.

I don't see Turner being a practice squad guy. Don't all other teams have to pass on picking a player up before a team can move someone to their practice squad?
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I believe that Turner's forte on special teams will be returning kicks.
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Michael Turner doesn't have a background in kickoffs and punt returns, at least not to a meaningful level the past several seasons. Fielding kickoffs and punts is an art form that few are capable of doing adequately in the pros. While Turner might get a shot to contribute to the Chargers in this regard, I would think his best chance is on special teams as a flyer down the field.
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Here are the Practice squad rules. It appears a player placed on practice squad is free to negotiate with any other team they choose. This will be a moot point, because Michael will not be on the Charger's practice squad.

PRACTICE SQUADS

Section 1. Practice Squads: For each regular season commencing with the 1993 League Year, the League may elect in accordance with this Article to establish practice squads not to exceed five (5) players per Club.

Section 2. Signing With Other Clubs: Any player under contract to a Club as a practice squad player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club at any time during the League Year, to serve as a player on any Club’s Active or Inactive List, and any Club is completely free to negotiate and sign such a Player Contract with such player, without penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period, except that such player shall not be permitted to sign a Player Contract with another Club to serve as a practice squad player while under contract as a practice squad player.

Section 3. Salary: Minimum salary for a practice squad player shall be $3,300 per week for the 1993-97 League Years, $3,650 per week for the 1998-99 League Years, $4,000 per week for the 2000-02 League Years, and $4,350 for the 2003-04 League Years, including post‑season weeks in which his Club is in the playoffs, provided however, that no player who was on a practice squad in the 1992 season shall be paid less than the minimum practice squad salary for that season.

*Extension Agreement 2/25/98

Section 4. Eligibility:

(a) The practice squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than one previous season on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). No player may be a practice squad player for more than two seasons.

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(B) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club’s physical and has been a member of a club’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or post-season games (a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or post-season weekend in question).

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* If a player on the Practice Squad of one club (Club A) signs an NFL Player Contract with another club (Club B),

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(1) the player shall receive three weeks salary of his NFL Player Contract at the 53-player Active/Inactive List minimum even if he is terminated by Club B prior to earning that amount, and (2) Club B is required to count the player on its 53-player Active/Inactive List for three games (a bye week counts as a game) even if he is terminated or assigned via waivers to another club or is signed as a free agent to another club’s 53-player roster or another club’s Practice Squad prior to that time. If the player is terminated from Club B’s 53-player roster and signed to Club B’s Practice Squad, he shall continue to count on the club’s 53-player Active/Inactive List but shall not count against the five-player Practice Squad limit until the three-game requirement has been fulfilled. If a player is terminated prior to the completion of the three-game period and is signed to Club B’s Practice Squad or is signed or assigned to another club’s 53-player roster or Practice Squad, any salary (as that term is defined in Article XXIV, Section 1&copy03-wink that he receives from any NFL club applicable to the three-game period shall be an offset against the three weeks salary that he is entitled to receive from Club B.
(side letter 8-18-97)
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Michael has had 2 KO returns for TDs in the last three years, and has had quite a bit of experience. He didn't do as many last year simply to keep him fresher and keep him from getting hurt considering he was going to carry such a big load at RB. But he has plenty of experience as a KO guy. Punt returns are not, IMO, something Mike would be very good at, and SD has Tim Dwight that I'd expect would stick with punts.

Mike won't be on the practice squad, IMO. He would be free to negotiate with any team while on the squad, and they will be able to use him in a backup TB role.
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