NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/16/14
NFL Updates: Miller, Edelman, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 16, 2014
It’s been a pretty busy weekend in the NFL already, and we’re sure to see a lot more activity today. With that in mind, let’s take our daily stroll around the league and check out some of the headlines. With any luck, we’ll be able to figure out what’s next for some of the hot-topic players. Here’s the latest.
Julius Peppers, DE, Green Bay Packers: Yesterday, we saw another big pass-rushing name come off the free agent board, and his destination will stir up some bad blood in the NFC North. Peppers agreed to terms with the Packers for a reported three-year deal worth a max of $30 million with incentives.
Even though Peppers is getting up there in years (he’s 34), we still saw him as a pretty potent defender in 2013. Last season, he racked up 46 tackles and 7 ½ sacks with Chicago. He’ll have to play against his former team at least twice a year now, which will add yet another facet to an expansive Bears-Packers rivalry.
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Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns: All the signs over the past couple of days were pointing to this, and now we have some confirmation. Tate inked a deal with the Cleveland Browns yesterday, earning himself a two-year contract worth a maximum of $7 million.
Tate’s been in Cleveland for a few days, so this comes as little to no surprise. It’s a good pickup for the Browns: Not only was Tate one of the top free agent RB names out there, they’ve now got themselves a relatively inexpensive No. 1 guy for the next year or two. Things are looking up in Cleveland.
Zach Miller, TE, Seattle Seahawks: There was quite a bit of speculation recently about whether or not the Seahawks would choose to retain Miller. We got our answer yesterday, as it was announced that Seattle will pay his $1 million roster bonus. He’s signed through 2015.
Though Miller hasn’t emerged as a huge part of the Seahawks offense, he is a legitimate red zone consideration. He snagged 33 balls in 2013 for just 387 yards but had five touchdowns.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: All that noise this past week about Edelman leaving the Patriots turned out to be much ado about nothing. He reportedly re-signed with New England yesterday after much speculation that he’d be bolting in free agency.
Edelman was linked to at least a few potential new destinations, including the Browns, 49ers and Ravens. Now that he’s returning to the Patriots, however, he’ll get a chance to build upon his breakout 2013 campaign, during which he logged 105 receptions for 1056 yards and six touchdowns.
NFL Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on 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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