Former Patriots and Browns LB Willie McGinest Talking NFL Return

Former Pats and Browns LB Willie McGinest is thinking about an NFL return. He’s been working out recently with the Lions, and says that if he gets offered a contract, he’s ready to get back on the field in 2011.

Willie McGinest retired three years ago after 15 NFL seasons, but the 39-year-old analyst for NFL Network might be ready to give football another try. “We’re going to see if I get offered a contract now,” McGinest said Friday after taking part in the Lions’ player-organized workout at Birmingham Detroit Country Day. “After I send this tape out to a few teams, we’re going to see.” McGinest, a former linebacker, went through a circuit of heavy ropes and kettle bells with almost 30 Lions on their final day of player workouts, then took part in position drills with defensive linemen Kyle Vanden Bosch, Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril, Andre Fluellen and Willie Young.

“Thank God I was in shape and I was able to do all the stuff,” McGinest said. “It was a different type of workout, though. I’ve never experienced something like this with the Art of Strength. It was less football work, but it was a lot of core conditioning, getting the heart rate up. And talking to (trainer Mike Knight), this is one of those workouts they would implement like one or two days a week out of the other regular stuff you do as a change-up, which was good for me.” McGinest commended the Lions for gathering so many players for their workouts — attendance was regularly in the 30s for most of the eight sessions total from last month and this week — and said that camaraderie could serve the team well come fall. “I like them,” McGinest said. “I think they’re a young team on the uprise. I think they did a great job in the draft, they’re adding key pieces that they need. I just think if they can keep everybody healthy, if they can keep everybody on the field they can compete with anybody, especially in their division.” McGinest played for the Patriots in 1994-2005 and the Browns in 2006-2008.

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