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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:01 pm

Undrafted free agents sign

Staff, news services

The draft might have ended after pick 253 and Mr. Irrelevant – Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed – but the player procurement aspect of draft weekend was still going strong with the signing of undrafted free agents.

The state of Indiana fared well with several player signings. Notre Dame led with five players while Purdue had three with Indiana and Ball State having one player signed.

Notre Dame wide receiver Chris Brown signed with Dallas. The 6-foot-2 194-pound Brown made 104 catches for 1,410 yards and six touchdowns in 45 games for the Irish. He averaged 12.5 yards per catch as a senior and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at Notre Dame’s pro day.

Romeo Okwara signed with the New York Giants. The 6-5, 265-pound defensive end made 114 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 52 games for the Irish.

Notre Dame teammates defensive back Matthias Farley and wide receiver Amir Carlisle signed with Arizona. Farley ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at Irish’s pro day, which would have ranked second among safeties at this year’s scouting combine. Carlisle started at running back at USC in 2011 and at Notre Dame in 2013 before moving to wide receiver for his final two seasons. He also has kickoff return experience.

Notre Dame safety Elijah Shumate signed with Tampa Bay. Shumate was in on 70 tackles as a senior after starting 10 games as a junior.

Robert Kugler, a 6-3, 294-pound center out of Purdue, signed with Buffalo. He started 43 of 49 games for the Boilermakers and was named the team MVP as a junior.

Dallas signed Purdue left tackle David Hedelin. Hedelin, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, played for the Boilermakers for two seasons (2014, 2015) after being recruited out of San Francisco City College. Purdue wide receiver Danny Anthrop signed with the Colts.

Indiana defensive lineman Darius Latham signed with Oakland. The 6-4, 311-pound Latham had 82 tackles and 7.5 sacks for the Hoosiers over 31 games.

Jordan Williams-Lambert, a wide receiver out of Ball State, signed with New Orleans. Williams-Lambert finished his career with the Cardinals ranked fourth with 2,723 receiving yards.

Leo graduate and Taylor safety Adam Sauder has reportedly been invited to Cincinnati’s camp.

Seahawks waiting on Lynch papers

Seattle general manager John Schneider says the team has not received retirement paperwork for running back Marshawn Lynch.

After the conclusion of the draft Saturday, Schneider said the paperwork has not been filed with the league, but the Seahawks are prepared from a salary cap standpoint whether Lynch’s retirement becomes official before or after June 1.

Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that Lynch is retired and not planning to play this year: “He’s committed to being retired.”

Lynch announced his intentions to retire during the second half of the Super Bowl. He has spent some of the offseason in Egypt at a football camp and in Haiti on a relief mission. 

Cowboys’ Lee has knee surgery

Dallas linebacker Sean Lee underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery, the team said after the draft Saturday. Lee, who earned his first Pro Bowl bid last season, is not expected to miss much time and will be ready by training camp, at the latest.