Plan B: Free Agency
In a previous post about the NFL Combine, I expressed my amazement about not being invited to the National Football League Scouting Combine. I also offered a possible explanation, which is that the scouts might have seen no need to know more about me than my dimensions since I am the perfect height and weight for an NFL linebacker. If that important information satisfies them, I need not worry about whether I will be drafted in the NFL draft in April.
Silly as it seems for someone who is the perfect physical specimen to worry, in the event that I am not actually drafted due to some oversight by the 32 teams, it won’t hurt to have an alternative plan.
Plan B is that I can be available as a free agent and signed after the draft. There is no shame in going that route. In fact, I have been an unsigned free agent for many years. This might be my lucky year when the Broncos in particular come to their senses.
Peyton Manning was picked first in the first round after college. After being released by the Colts many years later, he was a free agent. As a free agent, he was invited to work out at the facilities of various interested teams. He also met with some team representatives who came to see him where he was working out. The teams wanted to check out his physical skills after having had neck surgery. He showed them that he could still throw the ball.
When I was in college, before there was a combine, I had the experience of having scouts come to our campus to evaluate … someone who was not me, but who went on to be a Super Bowl quarterback (and retired awhile back). The scouts timed his release. They had him throw from a kneeling position to see how much was pure arm strength, I suppose. They timed him in the 40. He did okay. It was interesting to watch. Of course, as I stood there, the scouts missed out on the chance to put me through my paces. I have been waiting ever since, but this might be the year. Back then, I was not the perfect weight for an NFL linebacker, a goal that I achieved later.
So now that I have the size they are looking for, I don’t mind letting them time me in the 40 or test my vertical leap, strength and quickness. My bum knee slows me down a little, but with the professional trainers and team physicians and strength coaches each NFL team offers, they could fix me up.
So, I am taking this opportunity to announce my availability as a free agent. Team owners, scouts and coaches may reach me through posting a comment on this blog and I will then provide my secret contact information, which will allow us to select a meeting place. I look forward to hearing from you NFL folks when you get back from the combine.