NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/26/14
NFL Updates: Romo, Steelers RBs, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 26, 2014
We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and the NFL news continues to trickle in each day. Even though it’s the off-season, we’re still seeing a steady stream of developments that will greatly affect the upcoming year. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Kenny Britt, WR, Free Agent: We may finally have a new home for free agent WR Kenny Britt. The St. Louis Rams’ GM Les Snead was quoted yesterday as saying the team was at “better than 50 percent” odds of signing him. That’s not exactly a for-sure proclamation, but it’s better than nothing we suppose.
A Britt in St. Louis scenario would mean a reunion with his old coach Jeff Fisher, who was in Tennessee when Britt was drafted in the first round of the 2009 season. We’ll keep you posted as this one develops.
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Possible Steelers backup RBs: The Steelers have made quite a bit of noise this off-season with their efforts to find a backup RB to youngster Le’Veon Bell. Ex-Jacksonville Jag came in to visit the team last week, and ex-Patriot LeGarrette Blount is scheduled to come to the facilities on Friday.
The team is looking for a veteran presence behind Bell, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of gaining backup depth via the draft in May. We’d tend to agree that the Steelers have a glaring need here, as the only other RB names on their roster are Alvester Alexander, Tauren Poole and Miguel Maysonet. None of them has a regular-season rush to his credit.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s head over to Tennessee and check out the current situation between Johnson and the Titans. Coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed the “process” of possibly trading their veteran RB, but stressed that the team doesn’t have a timetable and will do what’s best for the organization.
Whisenhunt also said that the Titans would prefer to bring the situation to its conclusion sooner rather than later, but we doubt we’ll see anything significant on this for at least a little while. Tennessee has the luxury of not owing Johnson any of his $8 million this year until the season begins.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on ol’ Romo, so let’s see how he’s recovering. According to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Romo is ahead of schedule when it comes to rehabbing from his off-season surgery. That said, he’s probably going to be entering the team program next month (April 21) as a limited participant.
Romo isn’t throwing the football to receivers yet, but Jones said he’s “doing the throwing motion,” so we suppose that’s something. Regardless, he’s expected to be ready to go by the time the 2014 season begins.
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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