The NFL Veteran Combine Was Every Bit as Sad as We Thought It Would Be
The very idea of an NFL veterans combine is so incredibly sad, I’m almost surprised the league actually went through with it. If these guys were good, they wouldn’t need a veterans combine to get teams to watch them workout. And yet, despite not being good enough, they all agree to have their dreams squashed on what is essentially an NFL Network reality show. Because deep down they’re hoping for a miracle.
It’s really a brutal catch-22. And let me tell you, there were no miracles. Thus far only one guy has been signed, and barring injuries on the Arizona Cardinals roster, that guy—former Texas A&M wide receiver Nathan Slaughter—is probably not going to be on the 53-man roster come Week 1 of the 2015 NFL Season.
The 40 times these guys recorded? Absolutely awful.
For those who asked about the Veteran Combine RB times… behold! pic.twitter.com/mWFumjNPJK
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2015
Former Cowboys running back Felix Jones used to possess blazing speed, and the guy is only 27 years old. However, as you can see, his best 40 time was 4.79 seconds. Which is not great. Meanwhile, Michael Sam, who ran the 40 in 4.91 seconds last year at the regular NFL combine, couldn’t crack five seconds at the Veteran Combine.
Of course, you can’t expect guys who are out of work to be in the best condition of their lives. It’s a hell of a lot easier to maintain peak physical condition when somebody is paying you to do it. But the 40 times were even worse than anybody expected. So the first ever NFL Veterans Combine is almost certainly going to kill off more careers that it will revive.
Just look at the reaction of former NFL running back Michael Bush when somebody told him his 40 time. It pretty much says it all.
Michael Bush when he learned he ran a 4.91 40 at the Veteran Combine: ‘You gotta be ****ing me. 4.91? There you go, there goes my career.’
— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) March 22, 2015
And are you ready for this? The players actually had to pay $400 for the privilege of working out. So most of their careers are over, and they’re broke.
Seriously, NFL. Don’t do this again. It’s just too sad.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]