Much has been made about the Cowboys liking linebacker Brandon Magee so much that they guaranteed $70,000 of his salary for him to sign with them as an undrafted rookie free agent.
But while the former Arizona State star Magee is happy to be with the Cowboys, he is still miffed about being snubbed by every team in the league on draft _ even the Cowboys. He was rated on some teams boards as high as the fourth round. The Cowboys even had him rated higher than linebacker Devonte Holloman, whom they selected in the sixth round.
Magee hasn't forgotten any of it.
"It's there," Magee said of the chip. "It's not going anywhere. I got to make this team."
Magee is drawing inspiration and guidance from former Arizona State teammate Vontage Burfict who found himself in a similar situation last year. Burfict, who at one time was ranked a first-round prospect, went undrafted because of a bad workout and supposed attitude issues. He signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent and went on to earn a starting spot and lead the team in tackles as a rookie.
"I talk to him every day," Magee said. "Everybody was all over him. He proved everybody wrong. I'm on that same step."