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Football: Free-agent Cajuns join NFL teams’ rookie camps

Football: Free-agent Cajuns join NFL teams’ rookie camps

Football: Free-agent Cajuns join NFL teams’ rookie camps

Two UL free-agent signees are in NFL camps as of Thursday afternoon, and another is headed to camp next week.

Quarterback Jerry Babb, who signed a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers earlier this week, reported Thursday for a three-day weekend rookie camp. Also reporting to rookie camp Thursday was defensive end Joe Bradley, who officially signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday afternoon.

Cornerback Michael Adams, one of 20 free-agent signees for the Arizona Cardinals, is scheduled to report to Tempe, Ariz., next Friday, May 11.

Offensive tackle Brandon Cox was still mulling offers from at least three teams as of Sunday. Bradley said that Cox told him he was going to sign with the Chicago Bears, but the Bears’ Web site did not mention Cox among its free-agent signees.

Attempts to reach Cox Thursday were unsuccessful.

Babb arrived in Green Bay at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday and was whisked to Lambeau Field to begin a whirlwind three days.

"It’s not that much different from checking in to start college," Babb said Thursday night from Green Bay.

"It’s the same process, just on a different level. But the facilities here are amazing."

Babb is part of a group of between 20 and 25 first-time rookies, including six other free-agent signees, that will hold meetings and practice sessions through Sunday.

"We just got the playbook and it’s two-and-a-half inches thick," he said. "They used to throw the rookies right in with the veterans, but now we’ve got the separate orientation and basic stuff. We got fitted out today, and tomorrow it’s meetings, meetings and more meetings before practice."

Bradley arrived in Eden Prairie, Minn., Thursday and joined a big group of newcomers on the Vikings’ squad.

"We’ve got rookies and free agents, some of their developmental team here. It’s probably 40 or 50 guys," Bradley said. "Just in our D-line group, we’ve got 13 guys, seven ends and six tackles."

Bradley went through equipment fitting, meetings with trainers and team and position meetings on Thursday. Today’s schedule includes physicals in the morning and the first of five practices in a 48-hour period.

Bradley was most excited about his first steps inside the Vikings’ locker room Thursday.

"I walked in and saw my jersey in the locker and my name above it in big purple letters," he said. "That was special. They gave me number 75 instead of 57 (his UL number). I’m used to wearing red and white instead of purple, but it’s not a problem adapting."

Adams said he has a chance to make the Cardinals’ roster heading into Arizona’s rookie camp next weekend.

"They told me they signed only one other corner," Adams said, "so I know I have to come in there and be ready to play. I know I have a lot of work to do, but I’m happy that’s where I’m headed."