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Colts end bidding war for 'Mr. Irrelevant'

Northern Illinois QB Harnish had deal with Chargers as UDFA before Colts drafted him 253rd. Terry McCormick

Print This April 30, 2012, 10:33 AM EST

Chandler Harnish turned out to be a bit more relevant to teams than the usual Mr. Irrelevant, when the Indianapolis Colts took him with the 253rd pick in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Harnish's YouTube video', which has been removed, of him being selected by the Colts is interesting because apparently a deal was in place with the San Diego Chargers for the former Northern Illinois quarterback to join them as an undrafted free agent before the Colts stepped in and drafted him.

According to NFL.com, Harnish explained that a number of teams had already contacted him about being a UDFA, and the Chargers had apparently won that bidding until his agent explained to the Colts what was going on.

“Late in the seventh round I'm very depressed. ... I was getting calls from like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, just a bunch of teams were (calling) -- and I’m talking to my agent every three minutes,” Harnish explains. “It looked like we were about ready to set up a free agency deal. I was ready to go to San Diego. ...

“They wanted the decision 10 minutes after they could put the deal on the table, and this was still at pick 240,” Harnish says. “So there were still 13 picks to go. And they put the deal on the table that they wanted me to be a free agent and I had to say ‘yes’ to it. ... We tell San Diego we want that deal. Well, my agent tells the Colts, ‘Hey, he’s going to San Diego if you guys don’t draft him with your last pick.’ So, because of that, the Colts were like, ‘We want him. We want to take him before he goes to free agency, and then he goes to San Diego.’”

The interesting part is exposing yet another unwritten thing that goes on behind the scenes in the NFL with teams trying to line up deals before the draft is officially over.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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