Three Blue Raiders ink free agent deals

Cunningham, Harley and James have come to terms with NFL teams

April 27, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Three former Middle Tennessee football players signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams. Tailback Benny Cunningham inked a contract with the St. Louis Rams, safety Jajuan Harley agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks and offensive lineman Micah James was invited to camp with the Atlanta Falcons.

Cunningham (5-10, 212) played in just five games his senior year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the final seconds at FIU. Despite his limited time, Cunningham still rushed for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns and ranked 13th nationally in rushing and third in scoring prior to his injury.

The Nashville native earned national player of the week honors after leading the Blue Raiders to an upset win at Georgia Tech. The Nashville native rushed for 217 yards and five touchdowns to key the victory. Two weeks later Cunningham racked up 230 yards and two scores in a road win at FIU.

Harley (6-1, 213) played in all 12 games and started eight in a Blue Raider uniform. He finished the year tied for third on the team with 74 tackles, including one TFL, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

James started all 12 games at center. He was third among linemen with 844 total snaps and was part of a line that ranked second nationally in fewest sacks allowed and paved the way for three different 100-yard rushers. During the season, James Collected 78 knockdowns, including a season-high 10 against Memphis and WKU, while not giving up a sack all season.

The three players are expected to participate in rookie workouts beginning this week.

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