Sunday the 22nd brings the very first Veterans Combine in Arizona, and some wonder what the purpose of the event is, having former players come back for a second look. In most cases there is little chance for a player to get a second chance, with such new and fresh talent coming from the college level.
“Combines have long provided draft eligible players with the forum needed to showcase their skills to NFL teams,” says NFL Director of Football Development Matt Birk. “The NFL Veteran Combine will give veteran free agents a similar opportunity to work out in front of club personnel in a streamlined process.”
The NFL announced the event earlier this year, which will air at 8:00 pm ET for a one hour special, saying it will help to bring all of the free agent tryouts to one location, making it easier for teams to check out any possible last minute additions to their 90 man off season roster. That number will then be reduced to a maximum of 53 plauyers for the regular NFL season.
One name that is not on the list of former and current NFL players is Ray Rice, who last month issued a statement to the Baltimore Sun once again apologizing for his domestic violence mistake.
“There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue. Thank you, Baltimore Ravens, for all you have done for my family and I
Since the Ravens ended his contract Rice has been almost in a state of limbo, unsure of what will happen in the upcoming regular NFL season.
If he attended the Veterans Combine he would be able to show off his talents without a team having to draw the ire of the public and other clubs about hiring him back, or even thinking about him.
In a general tryout any team could see what he was capable of and make a decision from there.