Will NFL fans ever see David Beckham bending kicks between the uprights?
According to the U.K. Daily Mirror, he almost got a chance. The international soccer icon was reportedly contacted by a scout from an NFL before he joined Paris Saint Germain in January to see if he was interested in auditioning as a kicker.
Although the report does not state which NFL franchise contacted the soccer superstar, there is no doubt about the massive publicity that such a potential tryout would have produced. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com wrote that trying out Beckham "only would make sense from a publicity standpoint."
With kickers being signed and cut during each offseason, NFL teams seem to be looking everywhere for viable options -- and, perhaps, extra headlines. In April, the Detroit Lions signed Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland, who garnered fame with a trick shot vide on YouTube.
Certainly, these free kicks by Beckham are more impressive.
For the sake of speculation, there were a few playoff teams that would have benefited from better player at the kicker position last season. San Francisco and Green Bay both reached the postseason despite being ranked 31st and 32nd in the league, respectively, in percentage of field goals made. Indianapolis and Washington were also near the bottom in field goal percentage.