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NFL teams hustle to sign undrafted free agents

05/03/2013 9:25 AM ET
By Matt Hughes

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (No. 80) is one of a collection of undrafted free agents who have found success in the NFL.(AP)
A week after the draft, NFL teams are hustling to sign undrafted rookie free agents.

Many talented players are still there for the taking after the NFL draft. Smart teams work hard to sign the best available players and top off their overall talent.

NFL.com has posted a complete list of all rookie free agents that have signed since last week's draft.

The structure of the NFL draft has changed since it was founded in 1936. As the league evolved the draft grew to include additional rounds. With the advent of free agency, the draft was pared down to seven rounds in 1994, thus creating opportunity for rookie free agents to sign with teams they feel provide the best opportunity of making an NFL roster.

Before dismissing the importance of the undrafted free agent market, consider the recent high-profile players that have gone onto Pro Bowl-level careers. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz all broke into the NFL as undrafted free agents.

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