NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/27/14
NFL Updates: Charles, Free Agent QB News, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 27, 2014
We’ve still got about a week and a half until the free agency period really ramps up in the NFL, and in the meantime there’s sure to be tons of speculation on all the noteworthy names who are going to be available. With that in mind, let’s examine a few of the players out there who are making headlines right now in our daily check-in with the league.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Though it sounds pretty counterproductive to the Chiefs’ offensive plans, we may be seeing quite a bit less of Charles in the 2014 season. As KC’s best player, he tallied 329 touches during the regular season last year, but that number will likely be dipping during the upcoming campaign.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid recently said he’d like to get backup RB Knile Davis some additional touches on offense this season, after getting 81 last year as a rookie. As for Charles, he turned his chances into 1287 rush yards and 693 receiving yards with 19 total touchdowns.
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Matt Cassel, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Now let’s get into some free agent rumors. We’ll start things out with Cassel, who is looking to improve on the $3.7 million he would have gotten in his last year with the Vikings (he opted out).
The Cassel-to-Houston talk refuses to die down, and the team remains a strong possibility for him in 2014. The Texans are expected to give Matt Schaub the boot, so they’ll be in play for a veteran presence on their roster. That said, it’s still possible Cassel re-signs with Minnesota.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Moving on to another hot-topic free agent QB, let’s take a look at the recent developments surrounding Vick. There have been a host of potential suitors mentioned alongside his name, and the latest is Oakland. The Raiders are reportedly checking out a handful of veteran signal-callers, and the situation could be beneficial to Vick, as it would likely give him his best chance to jump right in and start.
Other names mentioned as possible landing spots--like the Jets--would give Vick more competition for the starting job, so Oakland could be looking pretty good. Still, the possibility remains that he could stay put in Philly as well.
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets: We’ll finish up today by looking at one last hot-topic QB in Sanchez. Yesterday, a report came out saying that he had a 20-30 percent chance of returning to the Jets in 2014. That number flies in the face of the conventional thinking, which was that the team would release him before his $2 million roster bonus comes due on March 25.
We would think the Jets would want to get their butt-fumbling days behind them, but then again Geno Smith didn’t provide much of an upgrade in 2013. We’d imagine he’ll get cut within the next month, as the financial hit is just too large to justify keeping him around.
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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