NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/2/14
NFL Updates: Pettigrew, Dolphins, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 2, 2014
As we cruise on through the weekend, the NFL has given us plenty to talk about--even during this relatively thin off-season period. Let’s take a closer look at the headlines and see who’s making waves out there as we get closer and closer to free agency and the draft. Here’s the latest.
Sidney Rice, WR, Free Agent: In a move just about everyone saw coming, the Seahawks released Rice this weekend in order to pick up some much-needed salary cap room. He’s coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season (torn ACL) which limited him to just eight games. When he was on the field, he managed 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns.
Even with the injury considerations and the deep WR class this season in the draft and free agency, Rice is likely to have no trouble catching on somewhere else. As long as he’s healthy (and his recovery is said to be going very well), look for him to get a short prove-it deal from a receiver-strapped club.
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Dolphins on the Block?: Let’s head down to Miami and check out the latest with the Dolphins. Interestingly enough, a report emerged this weekend that said the team could be interested in trading their No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace AND their best pass-rusher Cameron Wake.
While a deal isn’t necessarily imminent, the conditions seem to be right here. The Dolphins desperately want to get better on their offensive line, and would likely be willing to wheel and deal in an effort to move up the draft board. Wallace and Wake are two of their best bargaining chips in a trade scenario, but Wallace’s rich contract could throw a wrench into any potential plans to deal him away. (For what it’s worth, the team has publicly denied any interest in trades, but that could simply be an effort to keep the peace within their locker room.)
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions: There’s been some speculation out there recently about just how much the Lions would be willing to shell out to keep Pettigrew. One report puts the number at Dennis-Pitta-level money, which would be around five years at $32 million.
That bank-breaking figure sounds pretty inflated to us. Sure, Detroit is highly interested in keeping Pettigrew around, but they want him more for his blocking ability and veteran smarts than anything else. We’d be very surprised if they shell out that kind of money for him, but hey, stranger things have happened in the crazy world of NFL free agency.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Denver Broncos: Broncos fans who want the team to bring back the veteran Rodgers-Cromartie will likely get their wish this off-season. His camp engaged in talks with the team during the combine concerning a contract extension, and it appears that a deal is on the way to being made.
Rodgers-Cromartie has been labeled as a high priority for the Broncos this off-season, as they focus on retooling their defense in an effort to bounce back after their Super Bowl embarrassment. The seven-year veteran CB is coming off a one-year, $5 million deal in 2013 and may get a lengthier commitment this time.
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
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.