Jahri Evans signed with the Packers in late April last year and started 14 games at right guard for Green Bay in his 12th NFL season before becoming a free agent last month.

Evans hasn’t been linked with any teams so far this offseason, but that’s not because he’s planning to walk off into the sunset. Evans told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he wants to play in 2018 and that he’s keeping the door open to a return to Green Bay while noting that he’s not in a hurry to sign with any team.

In theory, what Polian has described sounds as appealing as non-NFL pro football can get. But all the bells and whistles ascribed to the latest spring pigskin foray mean nothing if the actual on-field action isn’t worthy of drawing viewer attention.

“It’s really a second chance for virtually everyone who wants to play professional football,” Polian said.

We’ll soon learn whether the Alliance itself can remain viable enough to buck the odds and provide that chance, or whether it will follow into the graveyard of past spring disasters.

The Giants made Hankins a second-round pick in 2013. He started 41 games in four seasons in New York and made 150 tackles and 10 sacks.

He played 15 games for the Colts last season, making 44 tackles and two sacks.

“The guys did a good job battling for me,” Wilcox said. “They knew it was my debut tonight. A lot of respect for them battling for me for two periods. I just wanted to give the guys a chance to get back in the game, and they did a good job of doing that.”

The Panthers were cruising but the Sabres mounted a final flurry, scoring two goals 21 seconds apart late in the third period to make it 3-2. Pominville scored on a wrist shot with 4:30 left, and Reinhart scored shortly after.

“Just to be blunt and honest, that was typically what our season was,” coach Phil Housley said. “We couldn’t come out and start on time, and then we get the urgency to push back and get back into a game and make a game of it.”