After being contacted by the Jacksonville Jaguars for a free agent deal, former Arizona State University wide receiver Rudy Burgess has opted to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, according to Scout.com's Ed Thompson.
Rudy Burgess, the 5'10", 185 lb. former Sun Devil wideout obviously felt that his career in pro football would better be served trying to make an Indianapolis Colts team, rather than that of the Jaguars, which don't feature the high end talent at wide receiver such as Reggie Wayne or Marvin Harrison as the defending AFC South champion Colts do, but have more depth and back of the roster talent at the wide receiver position.
The speedy "jack of all trades" Burgess played not only wide receiver, but tailback, corner, and handled kickoff and punt return duties during his career. Burgess was clocked as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and is Arizona State's all-time leader in kickoff return yards. Other workout numbers for Burgess include 13 reps on the bench press, a 38" vertical leap, a 10'1" broad jump, and a 2.58 second 20-yard dash.
Burgess would have had stiff competition in Jacksonville trying to make a roster at wide receiver that currently includes Jerry Porter, Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Matt Jones, Troy Williamson, Mike Walker, and John Broussard. Burgess will now have to compete to make a team that includes Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Anthony Gonzalez, Devin Aromashodu, Roy Hall, Courtney Roby, Onrea Jones, and Pierre Garcon.
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