Day #1 NFL Signing Season

Oregon Ducks DE Brandon Bair signed with the Chiefs on Tuesday.

We are posting at 9 p.m. CDT, so the first day of signing players is not complete. Knowing how the league works, and how GM Scott Pioli approaches his business, it will likely go well into the night.

With nothing official from the Chiefs, they have added some players to their roster today:

  • Agreed to new contracts with 3 of their own unrestricted free agents – C Casey Wiegmann, WR Terrance Copper, DB Travis Daniels.
  • Signed at least 7 undrafted rookie free agents – Oregon DE Brandon Bair, Michigan State TE Charlie Gantt, Tennessee-Chattanoga OL Chris Harr, North Carolina OT Mike Ingersoll, Virginia Union OT David Mims, Texas A&M DL Lucas Patterson, Auburn CB Demond Washington.

Among the veterans, Wiegmann agreed to a one-year deal. He’ll be attempting to play his 16th NFL season at the age of 38. Copper will sign a 3-year deal, terms undisclosed. He led the Chiefs special teams last year. Daniels deal is unknown, but on his Twitter account Tuesday night he said he agreed to terms.

The UDFAs were topped by Bair from national power Oregon and the little known Mims out of Division II Virginia Union in Richmond. Here are short stories on the signees:

– BAIR, 6-6, 276 pounds, 26 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds, 28-inch vertical jump. He was considered a possible fifth-round choice. Bair is 26 years old, graduating from high school in 2003. He’s married to Jordan, has a daughter Brooklyn, is a used car salesman, Sunday school teacher and economics graduate. He spent two years on a Mormon Church mission. At Oregon, he played in 52 games with 106 total tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.

– GANT, 6-4, 252 pounds, 27 reps in bench press, 30½-inch vertical jump. He played in 43 games, starting the last 39 straight for the Spartans. He caught 65 passes for 951 yards and 9 TDs. Gant was known for his blocking.

– HARR, 6-6, 260 pounds. He was the starting left tackle for the last 34 games of his career. Where he might fit in the NFL is of some question; if he’s 260 then he’s too small to play tackle. Harr played TE as a freshman and also worked at LB.

– INGERSOLL, 6-4½, 303 pounds, 24 reps in bench press, 31-inch vertical jump. Two-year starter at right tackle, he started 25 of the last 26 games. He graded out at 82 percent for the ’10 season. He also played some TE.

– MIMS, 6-8¼, 331 pounds, 29 reps in bench press, 26-inch vertical jump. A four-year starter for the Division II program, Mims started every game of his career with the Panthers. He lost 40 pounds after the 2010 season.

– PATTERSON, 6-4, 293 pounds, 32 reps in bench press, 30½-inch vertical jump. A very good athlete, he played on the nose in 2010 when the Aggies went to a 3-4 defense. He also played at offensive tackle, working the left side in the 2009 season.

– WASHINGTON (above right), 5-8 ½, 180 pounds, 14 reps in the bench press, 32½-inch vertical jump. He spent two years playing for Gulf Coast Junior College in Mississippi before landing at Auburn. In ’09 he was among the leaders in kickoff returns in major college football.


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