Auburn Defensive End Signs Free Agent Contract

Auburn senior Bret Eddins dicusses the next step in his football career.

Montgomery, Ala.--Bret Eddins says he thought there was a chance he would be selected, but that didn't happen Sunday through the seventh and final round of the National Football League Draft.

However, that didn't mean he wasn't wanted.

The senior defensive end for the Auburn Tigers got a call from the San Francisco '49ers letting him know that they were interested in selecting him with one of their late picks. However, when that didn't happen the '49ers offered Eddins a free agent contract. So did the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.

"I was looking for the best situation for me and I narrowed it to the Giants and Dolphins," Eddins tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I made the decision to sign with the Giants because they are a young team and it looks like a good opportunity for me."

The defensive end makes a sack in Auburn's victory over LSU, which set the stage for a 13-0 season.

Eddins, a key member of the 2005 Auburn team's defense as a starter at end, says he watched the draft in three different modes.

On the first day he said he was "laid back" as he watched teammates Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell selected in the first round.

On day two, from rounds four to five, he watched with more interest but not a lot of anticipation. However, that changed for the final two rounds, six and seven, when his agent Brad Peters, who works out of the Napa Valley in California, told the defensive end he could be selected.

"I was a little more nervous at the end of the draft wondering if I was going to be picked," Eddins says. "However, it all worked out for the best. I probably ended up in a better situation by not being drafted because I had a chance to chose between three teams."

Eddins says he knew the Giants had interest. Scouts from that organization had watched him and talked to him at Auburn's pro day and there had been other contacts with a coach and scouts.

Eddins works out at Auburn's Pro Day.

The second generation Tiger football player, who played the same position as his father, All-SEC performer Liston Eddins, notes that he expects to report to a mini-camp on Thursday and then go through three days of drills.

Eddins started 27 games for the Tigers, breaking into the starting lineup for the first time as a sophomore.

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