NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/26/14
NFL Updates: Possible Free Agent Moves, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 26, 2014
Now that the NFL Combine has officially come to a close, we’ve got all sorts of new information to digest on the incoming class of rookies. That extra knowledge will serve teams well as we get closer to the draft, which is coming a little later this year. Let’s take a look across the league and see what’s happening out there right now. Here’s the latest.
No Tag for Jags: In what’s becoming a trend, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be using the franchise designation to tag a player this off-season. This is the second straight year they’ve declined to franchise anyone.
That sheds a little more light on the potential future of their two top free-agent names: RB Maurice Jones-Drew and QB Chad Henne. The team is expected to try and work out a contract with Henne before free agency, but Jones-Drew will likely end up dipping his toe in the waters of free agency. We’ll keep you posted on any potential suitors.
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Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots: Attempting to re-sign Talib is an off-season priority for the Patriots, and it appears they’re making good on that assumption. The two sides were reportedly working on a deal during the NFL Combine, and New England hopes they’ll get something done before free agency begins.
Word is that Talib is likely to be asking in the neighborhood of $7 million to $8 million per year, though it’s not known if the Pats would be willing to spend that much. He’s coming off a couple of injuries in 2013 as well, which certainly affects his value.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: It’s looking like it’ll be a little while before we see the Niners ink Kaepernick to a contract extension, but it’s very likely to happen before the start of the season. San Fran will have to whip out the proverbial checkbook if they want to retain the face of their franchise past next season, as the starting point for negotiations is rumored to be in the neighborhood of $15-16 million per year.
Kaepernick is entering the last year of his rookie contract and will bring home a relatively inexpensive $973,766. That should change significantly before opening week.
Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears: We’ve been monitoring any news surrounding McCown for quite some time, as he’ll be a major name in the upcoming free-agent wars. The Jets have been rumored to have interest in the 34-year-old journeyman (who will be 35 by the time the season begins), as do the Buccaneers and his current team the Bears.
McCown was a breakout triumph in Marc Trestman’s offensive system last season, so it’s fair to say that he likely wouldn’t enjoy that type of success in another situation. Still, you never know what will happen on the open market, so things could get very interesting from here.
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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