Tiger NFL Updates

Free Agent Tigers update us on their NFL situations

Besides the Atlanta Falcons' first round draft pick, Sean Weatherspoon, a handful of other 2009 Missouri Tigers are pursuing NFL careers as undrafted free agents.

WR Jared Perry has signed with the San Francisco Forty-Niners, and is traveling to the Bay area this week-end to begin OTAs with his new team. OTAs are optional (not really, especially for an undrafted free agent) team activities, or workouts, leading up to training camp. Perry appeared confident when I spoke with him earlier this week, with respect to his chances of making the Forty-Niners, and cited the number of WR openings versus the number of candidates for those spots as reasons for optimism.

Like other undrafted free agents, Perry received a signing bonus, and will receive per diem expenses for now. Once they make their respective teams, they would likely be paid the league minimum, which is around $350,000, and is pro-rated over the 16 week regular season.

Nose tackle Jaron Baston has signed with the Denver Broncos. He's traveling to Denver this weekend to begin OTAs with the Broncos, and likes his chances of making the team, again citing the number of players at his position.

When we spoke, offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory was on his way to Charlotte to begin OTAs with his new team. He signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, and talked a little bit about his prospects.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Gregory. "I'm just going to work hard and do whatever they tell me to do. I'll give it my best shot, and see what happens. I'll play wherever they want me to."

Gregory worked out for the Panthers at right tackle during the rookie mini-camp a couple of weeks ago, but said that he's not sure where they plan to play him. He seemed to suggest that he thinks his versatility may hold some appeal for the Panthers.

So far, WR Danario Alexander has not signed, but is reportedly involved in negotiations with a number of teams, and is expected to sign prior to the opening of NFL camps.

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