Tanner Crum is waiting for the phone to ring. So are his mother and father back home.
Crum, the former Mt. Carmel all-state selection and four year-starter at SIU, was not drafted in the NFL draft held over the weekend in Chicago. But, that doesn’t mean an NFL shot will not happen. As of Monday night, three teams were considering signing Crum as a free agent.
Wabash County Circuit Clerk Angie Crum said her son Tanner was informed by his agent Monday the Dallas Cowboys became the third NFL team to show interest in signing Crum. She indicated the other two teams are Atlanta and Cleveland.
Saturday, while attending the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., Tanner was told by his agent to stay by his phone in case the Atlanta Falcons drafted him outright. That didn’t happen, but his agent’s phone began ringing immediately following the draft showing free-agent interest, according to Angie Crum.
If Tanner gets the call, he would be the first former Mt. Carmel player signed by an NFL team since quarterback Luke Drone was inked to a free agent contract with Buffalo in 2007.