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Football: Five undrafted former Irish players sign free agent deals

Sam Davis | Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Four former Notre Dame players who were passed over during the NFL draft this weekend signed free agent contracts late Sunday night, and a fifth signed Monday.

Running back Darius Walker and defensive end Chris Frome signed with the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Rhema McKnight inked a deal with the New Orleans Saints. Tight end Marcus Freeman and defensive lineman Travis Letiko were picked up by the Baltimore Ravens.

Walker had a year of eligibility remaining but decided to forgo his senior season to enter the draft. During his final season, Walker had 1,267 yards rushing and was third on the team with 56 receptions for 391 yards. Walker also scored eight touchdowns his junior season – seven rushing and one receiving

McKnight suffered a knee injury and earned a medical red-shirt in 2005. He returned as a fifth-year senior in 2006 and caught 67 passes for 907 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Freeman caught nine passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in 2006, seeing action in all 13 games.

Frome returned from a season-ending injury against USC in 2005 to play in all 13 games last season.