With Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota both declaring for this year’s NFL Draft, a circus will no doubt ensue for four months. And as a way to gain even more attention to the league on a year-round basis, the league has just announced that a veteran free agent combine will take place in March.
It’s a way for guys who still have game to get noticed. On it’s face, it is a great idea and makes all the sense in the world, but there’s now a lot going on NFL-wise after the Super Bowl: this new veteran’s combine, the actual combine and the draft. Just the way the league likes it.
I wonder if Terrell Owens, who recently said he believes he’s still a 1,000-yard receiver, will show up.
Details from NFL.com:
In a memo sent out by NFL director of football development Matt Birk, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the venture will “serve to isolate and consolidate veteran free-agent talent for more focused evaluation on a comparative basis.”
In the past, veteran free agents were welcome at regional combines, another initiative created as a failsafe for potential NFL talent. However, this year, at the end of March just prior to league meetings, roughly 100 veteran free agents will be chosen through the application process to work out in front of representatives from all 32 teams.