Jon Condo, Long Snapper from the University of Maryland went undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft making him an Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA). Some of the lucky ones, like Condo, are quickly called the moment the draft ends changing their status from protected draft prospect to officially avaiable.
Condo wasn't a UDFA for long. His phone began ringing right after the Patriots selected TE, Andy Stokes with the Draft's final pick. Teams that didn't have an opportunity to draft Condo, started calling him with offers to join them as a free agent.
Condo understands he was fortunate to have more than one suitor, but that didnt' stop him from enjoying the fact that teams still wanted him in spite of not drafting him.
With a number of offers available, he decided to choose the Dallas Cowboys over a number of other teams including the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots were Condo's other serious suitor.
In an interview with the Centre Daily Times, Condo talked about about the experience of not being drafted, and how he would be given the opportunity to compete with either Dallas' or New England's current long snappers.
"When the draft was over, my phone was ringing off the hook. Dallas was calling and New England, and my agent said, 'We need to make a decision now and tell Dallas something.'
It appears Condo chose Dallas for the money. "I just said, 'Hey, I'm in.' Dallas was the best offer."
The Patriots continue scour the market for UDFAs who will provide competition to Lonie Paxton, the teams current long snapper. Paxton, has done an admirable job for the team since signing in 2000, having recorded no muffed snaps during the Patriots' 2004 season.
Paxton's injury at the end of the 2003 season delayed his return to the team in time for the 2004 training camp. He returns to the 2005 roster healthy and ready to play. Yet the injury and Paxton's veteran salary may be enough reason for the Patriots to continue their search.
The Patriots are expected to continue their search for another street free agent now that Condo is unavailable.