April 27, 2009
Kevin Ogletree decided to forego his final year of eligibility at Virginia and enter the 2009 NFL Draft, but experienced disappointment when his name was not called during the weekend. Now, Ogletree will get another chance to catch on with an NFL team.
Ogletree signed a undrafted rookie free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys and will now fight for a roster spot. He joins former Virginia teammate John Phillips in Dallas, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round. Ogletree had a breakout season in 2006, but was sidelined for the entire 2007 season with a knee injury. He returned in 2008 and once again emerged as the Cavaliers' top receiver, accumulating 723 receiving yards and pulling in five touchdowns.
Defensive lineman Alex Field and linebacker Antonio Appleby also signed undrafted rookie free agent deals on Monday. Field agreed to terms with the New York Giants, while Appleby will get his NFL shot with the New England Patriots.
Another former Cavalier also signed with an NFL club, though this player made a stop at another university in between. Former Virginia quarterback Kevin McCabe inked a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCabe spent last season as the starting quarterback at California University of Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
We will continue to update you on any new happenings with former Cavaliers signing as undrafted free agents.