|05-02-2013, 12:04 AM||#1|
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LSU WR Russell Shepard Says He ‘Signed’ With Eagles During 2013 NFL Draft
The National Football League is looking into the Eagles' signing of LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard to be sure that there wasn't anything improper about the process.
Shepard and the Eagles agreed to a free-agent contract shortly after the NFL draft ended Saturday but Shepard went on a Louisiana radio program and said that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly called him at the beginning of the sixth round Saturday.
Shepard said he “signed” with the Birds and took his name out of the draft.
“I actually took myself off the draft board,” Shepard told WNXX radio. “Teams started calling me probably in the middle of the sixth round asking me, 'Is it true that you've signed with a team already?' and I actually got it out of the way before the draft was over, because that was the perfect fit for me.”
Shepard, who is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, played multiple offensive positions at LSU, including receiver, running back and quarterback.
He told the Louisiana radio program that he believes he can play both receiver and running back with the Eagles as well as be the team's Wildcat quarterback, adding that Kelly recruited him when Kelly was at Oregon.
The Eagles countered Shepard's claim by releasing a statement Wednesday that read, “Russell Shepard has not signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, we did come to terms on a contract with he and his agent after the draft was completed. We anticipate he, like all of the rookie free agents we have agreed to terms with, will take a physical examination upon arriving in Philadelphia prior to next week’s rookie mini-camp and then sign a contract.”
Source: Courier Times
|05-03-2013, 06:13 PM||#5|
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