Lumsden is NFL bound

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Jesse Lumsden may have been passed over in the NFL draft this weekend but the suitors came calling soon after.

The McMaster University star signed a free-agent contract last night with an undisclosed NFL team. Lumsden's father, former CFL star Neil, would not reveal which team, pending an announcement today.

"He had multiple offers and a deal has been done," Neil Lumsden said from his Burlington home. "We're respecting the team's wishes and not announcing it."

Lumsden said his son will be going to one of the "10 or 11 teams" that had shown interest over the past several months. TSN reported late last night that the Seattle Seahawks was the team in question. A standout at Mac, Lumsden was Hec Crighton Trophy winner as Canada's outstanding university player. The 22-year-old got his first chance to impress NFL scouts with his performance in the East-West Shrine Game, an all-star contest featuring NCAA players, in January.

"It's a tremendous opportunity, it's almost like he has been drafted," Lumsden said of his son, who set a CIS single-season record by rushing for 1,816 yards. "Because of the opportunity he will have with the team he is going to, it couldn't have worked out better."

Lumsden said the family spent the weekend glued to the television as the NFL draft unfolded.

"I will say this, we all watched way too much TV over the weekend," the senior Lumsden said. "It certainly is draining, but like anything else, once you are in the end zone, all the hard work is worth it. I think Jesse has done a fabulous job of proving he is not just a running back, but a special player."

Meanwhile, two other Canadian-born players signed free-agent deals after the draft. Louis-Phillip Ladouceur of Pointe-Claire, Que., a long snapper who played NCAA ball with the University of California, signed with the New Orleans Saints. The Pittsburgh Steelers added Wallaceburg, Ont., native Shaun Suisham, a place kicker from Bowling Green University.


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