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2015 NFL Free Agency to Feature Veteran Scouting Combine

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Previously, free agents have been signed by teams typically after going through a workout for the team while doing position-specific drills to show his abilities. Now, players could be getting a chance to do so with multiple teams' representatives in attendance.

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With the offseason here, many players are still trying to find a job after finishing the 2014 season on the streets or on a practice squad, before ultimately not being signed.

To this point, free agents have been signed by teams typically after going through a workout for the team while doing position-specific drills to show his abilities. Now, players could be getting a chance to do so with multiple teams' representatives in attendance.

Per NFL.com, the league will now use a veteran scouting combine for free agents to showcase themselves to NFL teams:

In a memo sent out by NFL director of football development Matt Birk, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the venture will "serve to isolate and consolidate veteran free-agent talent for more focused evaluation on a comparative basis."

In the past, veteran free agents were welcome at regional combines, another initiative created as a failsafe for potential NFL talent. However, this year, at the end of March just prior to league meetings, roughly 100 veteran free agents will be chosen through the application process to work out in front of representatives from all 32 teams.

The combine will take place in Arizona on March 22. There's already a website set up for veteran free agents to sign up and take part in the event. It asks for all of the pertinent information like name, address, if you were on an NFL roster during the 2014 playing season. There is also a $400 participation fee and all players selected to attend must pass a physical.

Pro Football Talk also notes the added benefit this event could have for players and teams:

The event will allow veteran free agents to go through the same kinds of drills and testing draft prospects go through in Indianapolis, with representatives of all 32 clubs on hand.

Veteran free agents have been allowed at regional rookie combines in recent years, but this gives teams a chance to get a like-for-like look at guys who have played in the league.