McGinest not exploring a return to NFL

Posted June 12, 2011 @ 1:55 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 1:55 a.m. ET Sunday

Former Patriots and Browns OLB Willie McGinest told the Detroit Free Press on Friday that he is interested in returning to the NFL after three years of retirement, but he told Pro Football Talk he plans to stay retired.

McGinest, who won three Super Bowl titles in a 12-year tenure with the Patriots before playing three seasons with the Browns, had been working for the NFL Network as an analyst before taking part in player-organized workouts with the Lions this past week.

He turns 40 in December but has been working hard to get in playing shape and told the paper that he is gauging the interest of teams.

"We're going to see if I get offered a contract now," McGinest said Friday after his workout with the Lions defensive linemen was taped for a segment of NFL Network's "Total Access" program. "After I send this tape out to a few teams, we're going to see."

On Saturday, McGinest sent the following statement to PFT:

"Even though I looked as good as I did, this number 55 has been retired for three years and plans to stay retired. The only thing that will bring me back is a one-day contract with New England to retire as a Patriot."

McGinest, a two-time Pro Bowler, collected 86 sacks in 212 career regular-season games and added 16 sacks in 13 career postseason contests.