NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/21/14
NFL Updates: Titans, Roethlisberger, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 21, 2014
With the combine in full swing, all eyes are on the NFL once again, even though it will be quite some time before we see any more action on the field. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the newsmakers around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Tennessee Titans Updates: We’ve got a couple of tidbits from Tennessee this morning, so let’s see what’s happening with the Titans. Coach Ken Wisenhunt talked about a couple of subjects recently, one of them being star RB Chris Johnson. Much has been made of whether or not the team will keep Johnson or cut him before next year, and it looks like we’ll be speculating on that for at least a little while longer.
Wisenhunt said there’s no rush to decide Johnson’s future, so the team is taking things slow. That said, it’s understandable if they decide not to stick with him. He’s due $8 million next year, following a career-low 3.9 YPC in 2013.
Wisenhunt also said that QB Jake Locker is expected to be ready for OTAs in the spring. He’s coming off Lisfranc surgery.
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Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets: Cumberland is set to take the next big step in his career in 2014--or at least that’s what the Jets are hoping. They’ve reportedly entered talks with the free-agent-to-be, and seem very high on the four-year veteran.
The Jets’ TE situation won’t be looking so good without him. The team isn’t expected to retain Kellen Winslow for 2014, so Cumberland would be the de facto starter when the season picks back up. He led New York with four TD catches last season.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: Let’s stick in New York for a moment and check in on Wilson. There’s good news out there on him, as he’s reportedly ahead of schedule in his return from neck surgery and the expectation is that he’ll be ready for training camp this year.
If Wilson really does have a solid chance at coming back to the team at full strength, it’s stellar news for the Giants. When healthy, he’s one of their most dynamic playmakers and could be a potent weapon in their offense. Still, we’ll have to wait until we see him on the field before making any predictions.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ll finish up today by visiting Pittsburgh, and more specifically Roethlisberger. He’s in the news this week thanks to comments made by his GM Kevin Colbert, who said that he and everyone else in the organization want Big Ben to spend his entire career as a Steeler.
Could we see a big, fat contract extension for Roethlisberger in the very near future? It’s a distinct possibility. Here’s what things look like now: He’s got two years left on his deal (eight years at $102 million) and is currently 31 years old. Any guesses at numbers would be pure speculation at this point, but Roethlisberger’s camp would likely want to use Aaron Rodgers’ $22 million annual salary as a starting point.
NFL Key Dates: Now that we’ve finished up the season in the NFL, it’s now back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.
Important 2014 Dates:
February 3: Waiver System Starts (Teams can make transactions, cuts, etc.)
February 17-March 3: Franchise Tag Designation Period
February 19-25: NFL Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)
March 8: Contract Negotiations for Unrestricted Free Agents Can Begin
March 11: League Year Officially Begins (4:00 PM ET)
March 23-28: Annual Owners Meeting (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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