The NFL offseason is a long and gruelling process for any football fanatic. Forced to find alternative activities to do on their Sunday's for the best part of seven months fans across the country rely on sporadic NFl-related events to keep their hopes up through the long summer months.
The NFL Combine, Draft, and pre-season games have just about kept things ticking over in recent years but now the league has announced a new initiative that, while perhaps not as enthralling as watching future NFL stars slug it out to make it in the pros, is sure to prick the interest of many.
As of 2015 the NFL is holding a new Combine event, this time for veteran free agents looking to convince one of the 32 franchises to take a chance on their ageing bodies.
The event will take place in Arizona this March and is aimed at streamlining the process carried out by NFL teams when looking at which experienced players to bring in ahead of the 2015 season.
As per a memo seen by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the veteran free agent Combine will:
"serve to isolate and consolidate veteran free-agent talent for more focused evaluation on a comparative basis."
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The idea certainly seems to make sense it terms of allowing NFL scouts an easier way of categorizing and assessing talent which may otherwise slip under the radar in the modern era of packed rosters.
Roughly 100 players will be invited to the event when previously they would have attended individual workouts at franchise facilities. But those star names in the "first wave" of free agency are unlikely to be caught busting a gut to post a solid .40 or impressing onlookers with their vertical leap.
As per NFL Director of football development Matt Birk:
""You're talking the NFL free agent who is one year out of college and was in a training camp, or a 10-year veteran who has been a starter in the league...It will be very diverse, although at first it probably will tilt toward the younger guys."
Still, there will be people tuning it to see if Tim Tebow turns up that is for sure.
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