Ohio St Sanzenbacher takes less to join Bears
Ohio State's Sanzenbacher accepts less to join Bears, play in Martz system
Former Ohio State receiver Dane Sanzenbacher agreed to terms with the Bears. (Columbus Dispatch)
By Dan Pompei
10:35 a.m. CDT, July 26, 2011
The Chicago Bears landed one of the prizes of the undrafted free agent class Tuesday morning when Ohio State receiver Dane Sanzenbacher agreed to terms with the team.
Sanzenbacher was one of the most pursued undrafted free agents.* His agent Joe Flanagan said Sanzenbacher had been sought by 25 of the 32 NFL teams, and he received phone calls from team owners and quarterbacks offering sales pitches to his client.
Flanagan said Sanzenbacher turned down a $20,000 signing bonus from one team and accepted much less from the Bears because he thought they offered a good opportunity to make the team and he considered himself a good fit for Mike Martz’ offense.
“He envisioned himself a Bear,” Flanagan said.
Sanzenbacher’s stock may have been helped by Jon Gruden, who mentioned Sanzenbacher repeatedly while watching tape with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the ESPN special QB Camp with Terrelle Pryor.
Gruden called Sanzenbacher “reliable,” “tough,” and “a football player.”* He also wondered how Sanzenbacher did not get drafted.
At 5-11, 182, Sanzenbacher is not exceptionally big, and he ran a 4.56 40 yard dash, so he’s not exceptionally fast. But he was voted a team captain and team MVP and was first team all Big Ten.
He started 27 games at Ohio State.