After the Dallas Cowboys cut Bryan McCann, the undrafted rookie cornerback cycled through the teams that had mentioned an interest in him prior to the draft. The Ravens weren't one of those teams.
So you can understand McCann's reaction when the Ravens claimed him off waivers on Sunday.
"The first thing I thought when I went to waivers was, I was running back through the teams that I had heard from before the draft," McCann said after Monday's practice. "So I was thinking about them and a few teams that my agent had heard from here and there during the preseason. Those were the first teams that had popped into my head, but I hadn't heard a word from Baltimore. So I was definitely surprised when I got the call."
The 6-foot, 173-pound McCann said he was equally shocked by his release from the Cowboys.
"I honestly was," he said. "Going into Dallas, I was told that they had three corners set in stone, but there was a fourth spot that was open, and I felt that in my time in Dallas, I had secured that fourth corner position. Cut Day came around, and my coach told me that I had secured the position, but they only kept three corners. They made the move to let me go, which I was a little disappointed about. But I'm definitely glad to be in Baltimore."
The Ravens signed McCann to the active roster, thereby waiving another undrafted rookie cornerback in Prince Miller, who signed with the New England Patriots' practice squad Tuesday. McCann said he is eager to play for a defense with a rich history.
"Baltimore is known for their defense," he said. "So I feel like it's an honor for the coaching staff and the people around here to think that I can come here and compete on a defense that is well known."