NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/4/14
NFL Updates: Grimes' Deal, Vick, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 4, 2014
Now that the franchise tag designation period is over, we can officially cross one more thing off the year’s to-do list in the NFL. Next up is the free agent negotiation period, which should really be interesting. Before we get too ahead of ourselves, though, let’s take a closer look at what’s happening out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Brent Grimes, CB, Miami Dolphins: The potential free agent market at CB just got a lot more shallow. Grimes and the Dolphins inked a new deal yesterday (four years, $16 million guaranteed), securing his services in Miami and disappointing plenty of would-be suitors who would have pursued him on the open market.
Grimes is coming off a great year and has quietly become one of the best cornerbacks in the league, with four interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 2013. He should continue to excel as the ‘Fins try and keep their defense strong.
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Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots: Let’s stick in the AFC East for a moment and check in on Dobson. It’s bad news for the Pats there, as the stress fracture in his foot reportedly has not healed yet. This news puts him in doubt for organized team activities, as he’ll need to have a medical procedure if his injury doesn’t improve within the next couple of weeks.
The Patriots aren’t having much luck with their wide receivers lately, as it was rumored the team is potentially looking at trading (or cutting) Danny Amendola, and now this. Dobson had 37 catches for 519 yards and four scores in 2013.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Take this for what it’s worth, because it’s all just rumor and hearsay until we see legitimate action. That said, Vick is likely to have a potential suitor in the New York Jets, who are said to be “in play” for the free-agent-to-be. He’s reportedly higher on their wish list than the Bears’ Josh McCown, who they’ve also been linked to.
A Vick deal would make sense for the Jets, but it’s not without risk. He’d provide a relatively affordable veteran presence to second-year QB Geno Smith, and would give him some legitimate competition for the starting job. That all hinges on him being healthy, though, so we’ll just have to see what happens.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: The talk of the league yesterday was Manning and his big medical examination that would determine his status for the upcoming year. The good news for the Broncos--and the league in general--is that he was given a clean bill of health and cleared for the 2014 season.
Manning’s surgically-repaired neck checked out A-OK, which means he’ll be getting his $20 million paycheck this season. If he can stay healthy, he’ll more than likely break Brett Favre’s career passing TD record of 508. Manning is 17 scores away from that mark.
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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