Posted by Will Brinson
Monday night -- theoretically a calm night based on the timeline we heard about earlier in the day -- got pretty spicy pretty quickly as rookies came into play a little sooner than expected.
NFL Senior VP of Public Relations Greg Aiello confirmed to CBSSports.com that teams can use Monday night to talk and negotiate -- but not sign -- with drafted and undrafted free agents. (Yes, that means that Mrs. Brinson is going to hate the as-yet-created Undrafted Free Agent Tracker as much as she dislikes Brett Favre.)
Of course, "talking with" and "actually signing" don't have to be entirely mutually exclusive. For instance, a number of big-name undrafted free agents tweeted on Monday night that they were already locked in with certain teams.
"I'm a Saint twitter! New Orleans here I come!!!!!!!" Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel tweeted.
Kendric Burney out of UNC tweeted that he's "staying home" and gave a shoutout to "Panther nation." (You can make the connection right?)
A number of other high-profile-but-undrafted players were immediately linked with teams.
Mark Herzlich had reportedly signed with the Ravens, but then tweeted that he has "not signed with anyone yet and is still making [his] decision. Weslye Saunders, a tight end out of South Carolina who once seemed like a lock for the first round, is reportedly heading to Pittsburgh.
None of these "non-signings" are "official," of course. But that's what suddenly made a would-be relaxing -- relative to the day's activities anyway -- evening on Monday night turn into a torrent of tweets related to (and from) various UDFA's who found their way onto rosters.
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