Should we take it seriously? There are a lot of theories out there trying to explain the NFL's motivation in doing this, whether it's part of the settlement we know very little about, maybe it's just a huge PR stunt, or *gasp* teams are actually interested. Regardless of the NFL's true reasoning behind it, it's happening.
First, I need to state where I stand on the whole kneeling thing, so you know where I am coming from with the rest of this...I didn't like the kneeling, but at the same time, I am of the mind that as long as they were football players first, political activist second once the game itself started, and whatever cause they were championing wasn't interfering with their ability to be fully prepared to play, the NFL is a business, and if that player can help my team win, I don't really care about their politics. Shoot, Jim Brown was FAR more politically active, and it never got in the way of his HOF career. I have no idea who Matt Stafford voted for in 2016, I don't know what Marvin Jones's views on gun control are, or what Kenny Golladay's position on racial strife is...fact of the matter is, I don't care. I watch the NFL for the games, not for each individual player's views on things that have nothing do with with the sport.
So, with that being said, some NFL teams should absolutely take this workout seriously. I know with my own team, because of Matt Stafford's back injuries, the Lions could use an upgrade at the backup QB position. Jeff Driskel doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence. Detroit has already said they will be sending someone to the workout, and I think it's the prudent thing to do for any team with a shaky QB depth chart. It doesn't hurt to at least take a look.
I have seen people complaining about the timing, that it would be easier to do it next Tuesday. Easier? Maybe. But you know what doing it on Saturday allows? It allows a team to move quickly if they like what they see, to get him in uniform, at least as an emergency QB, on Sunday already. If they wait until Tuesday, another week of NFL football has to pass before any team can sign him, if that's what they choose to do. Having the workout on Saturday MIGHT allow them to have him on the sidelines by Sunday already, if a team likes what it sees. While the head coach can't be there, nothing would prevent the team scouts, GM/Personnel Directors, or even an owner or two from being there. Again, while it's hurried, by doing it on Saturday instead of next Tuesday, things can move faster if someone wants to jump and sign...Ultimately, that works in everyone's best interests.
Is this all just a PR stunt? Why now? I don't know about the timing, but seriously, does anyone really think the NFL needs this as a publicity stunt to somehow improve ratings? The NFL's TV viewership is up from last year, and let's be honest...they are the NFL. Whether this workout ever happens or not isn't gonna really move the needle. I don't buy the argument that the NFL is only doing it as a PR stunt at all, because they don't need the PR.
Is it just terms of their court settlement? Perhaps. It is possible the only reason the NFL is doing this at all, is because they are legally required to. But, what lawyer is gonna advise his client to accept a settlement offer that gives the NFL all of the power in determining when and where any required workout could occur? That doesn't make sense to me.
Honestly, I think the NFL's motivations here don't really matter, as long the teams that show up are actually interested in the workout itself. There are stories that at least 10 teams will be sending representatives to watch. To me, that says there is genuine interest, that this isn't just a publicity stunt.
Thoughts? Is your team sending someone? Would you be okay if they signed him, if he looked good, and represented an upgrade over a QB currently on your team's roster? Why do you think the NFL is doing this?