NFL teams Friday ignored the four players left in a supple
NEW YORK (AP) _ NFL teams Friday ignored the four players left in a supplemental draft when Cris Carter and Charles Gladman were withdrawn, freeing the four to sign with any of the 28 teams.
All the teams passed for all 12 rounds on Dan McFadden, a defensive back from Miami; Paul Miller of Illinois Valley Community College, whose position is unknown; Marquis Pleasant, a wide receiver from Southern Methodist and Chester Savoie, a defensive back from Nicholls State.
Had a team chosen one or more of the players, it would have forfeited that pick in next year’s regular draft. The teams can now sign the players as free agents if they choose.
Carter, an All-America wide receiver from Ohio State, and Gladman, a Pitt running back, were originally scheduled to be in the draft after being ruled ineligible for their senior seasons in college. Carter admitted taking money from agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom, and Gladman refused to testify in an inquiry into the agents.
But after Teryl Austin, a Pitt defensive back who admitted taking $2,500 from Walters and Bloom, was reinstated on the condition he pay the money back, the NFL agreed to give Carter and Gladman a week to have their ineligibility restored through appeals.
Late Friday, however, Ohio State Unversity athletic director Rick Bay said he will not appeal the ineligibility of Carter. Bay’s decision ends Carter’s hopes of playing his senior season at Ohio State.