The NFL is set to host its first annual Veteran Combine on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Arizona. The one-day event was developed by NFL officials to “isolate and consolidate veteran free-agent talent for more focused evaluation on a comparative basis.” The Veteran Combine will be a follow-up of sorts to the wildly successful NFL Regional Combines that have attracted thousands of NFL hopefuls and have served as a springboard for several players who have gone on to have successful NFL careers. Unlike the Regional Combines, the Veteran Combine is an invite-only event and players who attend will have to pay a $400 participation fee.
Several big names have been linked to the Veteran Combine in recent weeks, but when the official invite list came out on Wednesday, guys like Tim Tebow and Vince Young were not included. Roughly 100 players with varying levels of NFL experience were selected and invited through the league’s application process.
With that, here is a look at five of the more notable players who will be in attendance at the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine.
1. Jamaal Anderson, defensive end
The Atlanta Falcons selected Anderson with the 8th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 288-pound defensive end played four seasons with the Falcons, one with the Indianapolis Colts, and one with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has started in 48 NFL games, and accumulated 7.5 sacks in his career.
2. Felix Jones, running back
Jones was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. He played five seasons in Dallas and one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the 2013 season, the Steelers chose not to re-sign Jones, and the speedy running back has been out of football ever since. For his career, Jones has rushed for 2,912 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 137 passes for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns.
3. Adam Carriker, defensive end
The St. Louis Rams selected Carriker with the 13th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and the former Nebraska Cornhusker went on to play two seasons for the Rams before being traded to the Washington Redskins. He played three seasons in Washington and spent one season on the Redskins injured reserve list. In his career, he has started in 58 NFL games and compiled 9 sacks.
4. Michael Sam, defensive end
Sam was selected in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, but was released before the season kicked off. He spent some time on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, but they released him and opted not to sign him to a future’s contract for the offseason. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year is a talented pass rusher, and will be taking time off from Dancing With the Stars to attend the Veteran Combine.
5. Michael Bush, running back
Bush was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at Louisville. He would have been a much higher selection had he not suffered a gruesome leg injury early in his senior season. He played four seasons for the Raiders after spending his first year out of college on Oakland’s Physically Unable to Perform list. In 2012, he signed a free agent deal with the Chicago Bears, and would go on to play two seasons in Chicago. In total, Bush has rushed for 3,250 yards and 29 touchdowns.
All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.