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Buffalo signs ex-Vols star

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Passed over in the draft, former Tennessee receiver Da'Rick Rogers agreed to a deal with the Bills on Sunday.

The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder had been projected to be an early to mid round pick and was ranked 11th among draft-eligible receivers by NFL.com.

His stock dropped because of off-the-field issues during his first two seasons at Tennessee.

A high school star from Calhoun, Ga., Rogers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest before his freshman season. A first-time starter as a sophomore, he led the Volunteers with 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.

In August, shortly after being suspended indefinitely by the Volunteers for violating team rules, Rogers transferred to Division I-AA Tennessee Tech. Rogers said multiple failed drug tests prompted the suspension.

At Tennessee Tech, he had 893 receiving yards and tied a school record with 10 touchdown catches.

Another ex-Vols signs: Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, who went undrafted after skipping his senior season, signed with the Chiefs, the Kansas City Star reported. Neither general manager John Dorsey nor coach Andy Reid were available for comment. Bray, 6-6, 230 pounds, threw for 7,444 yards and 69 touchdowns for Tennessee. He will compete to be the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Alex Smith and backup Chase Daniel.

Reports: Tebow gone soon, Sanchez staying

Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is "probably gone" soon, New York's Daily News reported. The former Gator played little last season after being acquired from the Broncos. And New York drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round.

Even if released, the Jets must pay the Broncos $1.531 million, the salary advance given to Tebow in 2011.

Meanwhile, New York's Newsday reported incumbent starting quarterback Mark Sanchez will remain on the roster through the start of training camp and be given a chance to compete for the starting job. Sanchez's $8.25 million salary is guaranteed for the upcoming season. He also can earn $500,000 for participating in offseason workouts.

Heisman finalist to Houston: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy, signed with the Texans after going undrafted. Klein, who passed for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 920 yards and 23 touchdowns, declined to work out as a tight end at February's combine.

Vikings: Duron Carter, son of former Vikings star Cris Carter, was invited to try out, USA Today reported. Carter played at Ohio State as a freshman. He played 2010 at a junior college, transferred to Alabama in 2011 but never became eligible and transferred to Florida Atlantic in 2012 but also never played there.

.Fast facts

After the draft

Notable signings of players who went undrafted that were announced Sunday or late Saturday:

Bucs

Evan Landi: USF tight end

Robert Marve: Purdue (Plant High) quarterback

Akeem Shavers: Purdue running back

Nick Speller: Massachusetts offensive tackle

Other teams

Jahleel Addae: Central Michigan (Riverview High), defensive back, Chargers

George Baker: USF cornerback, Titans

Maikon Bonani: USF kicker, Titans

Ramon Buchanan: Miami linebacker, Seahawks

Cory Grissom: USF defensive tackle, Patriots

Omar Hunter: Florida defensive tackle, Steelers

Josh Johnson: Purdue (Pasco High) cornerback, Chargers

Lerentee McCray: Florida linebacker, Broncos

Quincy McDuffie: UCF receiver, Broncos

Mark Popek: USF offensive lineman, Jets

Lonnie Pryor: Florida State fullback, Jaguars

Rayford Shipman: UCF linebacker, Saints

Buffalo signs ex-Vols star 04/28/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 28, 2013 9:59pm]
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