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Willie McGinest | Linebacker

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (43) / 12/11/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 270
College: USC

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Retired LB Willie McGinest is now saying he is not contemplating a comeback.
Apparently his serious-sounding comments were meant to be taken in jest. "Even though I looked as good as I did (in Lions' player-organized workouts), this No. 55 has been retired for three years and plans to stay retired," he said in a Saturday statement. And so ends McGinest's one-day "comeback." Sat, Jun 11, 2011 08:39:00 PM

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Retired LB Willie McGinest is looking to make a comeback.

Now 39 years old, McGinest last played in the NFL in 2008. "We're going to see if I get offered a contract now," McGinest said on Friday after taking part in Lions' player-organized workouts. "After I send this tape out to a few teams, we're going to see." The odds are stacked against McGinest reviving his career, in Detroit or elsewhere.
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 09:17:00 AM

Free agent LB Willie McGinest has not turned in his retirement papers yet and is open to the possibility of playing in 2010.

McGinest, 38, sat out the entire 2009 season. He only wants to come back to the right situation and has played for new Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel for most of his career. We'd bet against him having a positive impact on any team at this stage of his career.
Sun, Jan 17, 2010 12:03:00 PM

Free agent Willie McGinest reiterated to the Associated Press that he wants to continue his playing career.

However, the 37-year-old guarded that statement by saying, "only if the situation is right," and "if not, I'm probably retired." If McGinest still thinks he can be picky, he probably isn't going to play another down in the NFL.
Sun, Jul 26, 2009 12:48:00 PM

Citing a league source, Mike Florio of says that the Patriots are not likely to bring back free agent LB Willie McGinest.

The source told PFT that McGinest doesn't have high level ability anymore at 37 years old. That's going to be a tough pill to swallow for McGinest, who had expressed interest in returning to the team that drafted him. He'll likely struggle to even get a nibble from other teams closer to training camp.
Fri, Jul 3, 2009 08:40:00 AM

Free agent Willie McGinest wants to return to the Patriots, but there have been no formal talks between the two sides.

The Patriots may not want McGinest back at this point in his career. He'll probably garner interest from some teams later in the summer, but for now the Patriots don't seem interested.
Thu, Jul 2, 2009 11:17:00 AM

Free agent OLB Willie McGinest reiterated in an interview with The Sporting News that he wants to play another season.

"I've definitely got that itch. I feel good," McGinest said. "But it has to be the right situation." Now 37, McGinest's body has obviously been breaking down over the last two seasons, and it's surprising he'd indicate he could be picky. McGinest has generated no known interest this offseason, but he's keeping his eye on the Pats.
Tue, Jun 30, 2009 02:47:00 PM

Free agent Willie McGinest says he's open to rejoining the Patriots.

The interest probably isn't mutual. McGinest can still set the edge with the best of them, but he's 37, injury prone, and not an effective pass rusher. The Patriots are looking to get younger at linebacker.
Wed, Apr 1, 2009 07:32:00 PM

Free agent Willie McGinest intends to pursue a career in TV broadcasting, according to Browns beat writer Tony Grossi.

Grossi doesn't say if McGinest plans to retire yet and reported in December that the 37-year-old wants to keep playing. Still, he'll have a hard time latching on. There's little market for 3-4 OLBs who bring no pressure.
Sat, Feb 21, 2009 11:25:00 PM

Browns contract-year OLB Willie McGinest says he doesn't plan to retire after the season.

Perhaps the Patriots would have McGinest back as a deep reserve, but he no longer resembles a dangerous pass rusher. The 37-year-old might have to move to inside linebacker to continue his career. He's unlikely to re-sign with the Browns.
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 12:19:00 PM

Browns declared LB Willie McGinest, QB Ken Dorsey, WR Donte Stallworth, SS Sean Jones, G Eric Steinbach, LB Chris Griffin, G Ryan Tucker, and TE Martin Rucker inactive for Week 3.

Rookie Alex Hall will start in place of McGinest at linebacker.
Sun, Sep 21, 2008 03:20:00 PM

Browns OLB Willie McGinest has reportedly missed a "big chunk" of OTAs due to unknown personal reasons.

McGinest doesn't have a whole lot left as a player, so if he's not around to be a leader type, he doesn't have much value. The Browns probably won't consider releasing McGinest, but he isn't guaranteed a big role on defense.
Wed, Jun 11, 2008 03:35:00 PM

Willie McGinest lined up as a starting outside linebacker as the Browns opened Organized Team Activities on Wednesday.

He's ahead of Antwan Peek for now, although they'll work in a rotation with Shantee Orr also involved. None is a good bet for more than five sacks.
Thu, May 15, 2008 10:54:00 AM

Willie McGinest announced that he'll retire after this season.

That assumes he'll make the Browns. If that happens, McGinest will make it to the end of a three-year deal that was criticized at the time. While his production has been mediocre, he's a leader for a young team and the Browns would probably make the same decision again.
Tue, May 6, 2008 10:09:00 PM

Browns LB's Willie McGinest (hamstring), D'Qwell Jackson (ankle) and Antwan Peek (knee) all missed practice on Wednesday.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer speculates McGinest may have sustained the injury during the Week 10 loss to the Steelers. Jackson could miss another game with his bum wheel and a weakened linebacking group adds value to Ravens RB Willis McGahee in Week 11. CB Leigh Bodden (back) was limited in practice.
Thu, Nov 15, 2007 11:03:00 AM

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