May 5, 2009
Three former Baylor players signed free agent contracts with NFL teams recently, including two undrafted rookies. Rookie offensive lineman Dan Gay signed with the San Diego Chargers, rookie quarterback Kirby Freeman signed with the San Francisco 49ers and third-year receiver Trent Shelton signed with the Washington Redskins.
Gay, who earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in his final season in 2008, was a four-year letterman who played his final three seasons on the offensive line after converting from defensive tackle. The 6-5 tackle from Lafayette, La., started each of the last 34 games of his career. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in speech communications in December 2008.
Freeman played his senior season at Baylor in 2008, after spending three seasons as a part-time starter at Miami. The 6-3 signal caller started the Bears' season opener in 2008 before serving in a reserve role the remainder of the season. He finished the season with 49 yards on 6-of-13 completions with one touchdown.
Shelton signed with Washington after spending 11 weeks on Seattle's practice squad in 2008. The 6-0 receiver entered the NFL in 2007 as an undrafted rookie free agent who signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He spent time on the Colts' practice squad in 2007 and was released following the 2008 preseason. Shelton stands fourth all-time among Baylor receivers in receptions (155), fifth in career receiving yards (1,978) and fifth in career TDs (14).