The Patriots have what can at least be considered a perceived weakness at outside linebacker for the upcoming season. Might they, then, consider bringing back former Patriot Willie McGinest?
A source close to McGinest told the Globe's Chris Gasper that the veteran linebacker would like to return for a 16th season and maintains a relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, but there have been no formal talks aimed at bringing McGinest back to New England and no offer from the Patriots.
So could McGinest help the Patriots in a one-year situation? The Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont and Tony Massarotti debate this point in today's version of Globe 10.0 (now on Facebook!).
"My guess is no," says Dupont, noting that McGinest recorded just eight sacks in three seasons with the Browns. "Unless he's coming back here to be an assistant coach."
In the NFL, however, there's very little financial risk in bringing a player into camp at least for a tryout.
"Clearly he hasn't played well in Cleveland or he'd still be there," said Massarotti. "But what's the harm to try it out?"
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