Amongst the players working out with the Detroit Lions was a guy who hasn’t played with the Lions, or any other NFL team, considering that 2008.
Linebacker Willie McGinest is interested in attempting to make a return to the game, and he’s hoping that his effort throughout the Lions’ lockout workouts will result in yet another opportunity.
“We’re going to see if I get provided a contract now,” McGinest said Friday, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free of charge Press. “After I send this tape out to a couple of teams, we’re going to see.”
NFL Network was present to tape McGinest’s workout, and footage aired throughout Friday’s edition of Total Access.
“Thank God I was in shape and I was able to do all the stuff,” McGinest said. “It was a distinct sort of workout, although. . . . It was much less football function, but it was a lot of core conditioning, acquiring the heart rate up. And talking to [trainer Mike Knight], this is 1 of those workouts they would implement like 1 or two days a week out of the other normal stuff you do as a alter-up, which was very good for me.”
Even although McGinest has been out of the league for a fairly extended stretch, the lockout could make veterans who are capable of hitting the ground running a lot more attractive than younger players who haven’t had the benefit of a full offseason of OTAs and minicamps. In that regard, veteran players currently out of the league would really benefit from a lockout that ultimately consumes training camp and the preseason, and that needs teams to slap their rosters together in a short period of time.
That said, as we read McGinest’s comments there’s a chance he was just joking about playing once more. Throughout his segment on Total Access with Wealthy Eisen, McGinest stated absolutely nothing about planning to parlay his workout with the Lions into a contract with the Lions or one of the other 31 NFL teams.
UPDATE: As it turns out, McGinest was indeed kidding. ”Even although I looked as great as I did, this number 55 has been retired for 3 years and plans to stay retired,” McGinest said in a statement forwarded to PFT. “The only factor that will bring me back is a one-day contract with New England to retire as a Patriot.”