Alonzo Harris said he had offers from eight teams. John Crockett said he stopped counting at 20. It's perhaps the only consolation for players who don't get drafted: They can pick their team rather than the team picking them, albeit for considerably less money. Crockett received a $5,000 signing bonus from the Green Bay Packers. Harris banked just $3,500. Players drafted at the end of the seventh round took home $52,784 in signing bonus money and will always hold the distinction of being drafted, which can serve as a tiebreaker when roster cuts are made. But one look at the Packers' depth chart shows why the two rookie running backs might have found an ideal situation in Green Bay. Behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks, there's not another halfback on the roster with a down of NFL regular-season experience. Rajion Neal, the No. 3 running back by default this offseason, spent the last half of last season on the practice squad after spending the first half out of football. You better believe that depth-chart research was an important part of undrafted free agency. "Of course, I'm not just going to go sign a contract blind," Harris said during last week's rookie minicamp. "Me and my agent and my high-school coach, we all did research. Teams my agent told me about, we wrote them down and did research on them. Other teams had several [running backs] in the mix. Dallas had about three or four as well as Green Bay. So that's what it really came down to. I really felt this was the best position." The Packers also commissioned a study that they distributed to potential undrafted rookies and their agents in which they showed that since general manager Ted Thompson took over in 2005, the Packers used undrafted free agents on 77,079 total snaps. The next highest team was at 54,105 snaps, according to the study.
Rookies backs Alonzo Harris, John Crockett in the running with Packers
ESPN | May 18