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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/28/14

NFL Updates: Raiders, Locker, Off-Season Schedule and More

March 28, 2014

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The NFL owners’ meetings will be winding down today, and after that we’ll be back to anticipation mode ahead of the 2014 draft. In the meantime, there are plenty of newsworthy happenings out there across the league, so let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players in the headlines today. Here’s the latest.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins: Well, we’ve been expecting this for a little while now, and yesterday it finally became official. Former Bronco Knowshon Moreno agreed to a deal with the Dolphins yesterday, but the contract is for just one year. He’s expected to work in tandem with incumbent RB Lamar Miller (and Daniel Thomas will appear here and there as well). It’s an immediate upgrade to Miami’s backfield.
It’s been a tough market for running backs thus far in the off-season. Moreno was one of the top prospects at the position, and is coming off a 13-touchdown season during which he accounted for 1,587 yards from scrimmage.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/28/14

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Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Locker’s progress, so let’s see how he’s doing, shall we? The latest news on him is that he’s shed his walking boot and says his foot feels “awesome.” He’s coming off a Lisfranc injury suffered on November 10 and a subsequent surgery.
As of right now, he’s hoping to be ready to go by the time the team holds organized team activities in June. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s ready by then. During the past two campaigns, Locker has missed out on a total of 14 games due to injury.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Losing backup QB Josh McCown to the Buccaneers in free agency has left an enormous hole in the Bears’ depth chart. The shockwaves from that signing will reverberate throughout the season, as the team gives starting QB Jay Cutler the kid gloves treatment. There have been issues with his durability over the past few seasons; He hasn’t played a 16-game campaign since 2009, and missed out on five just last year thanks to ankle/groin issues.
When Cutler did play last year, he put up some good numbers. Keeping him healthy will be priority No. 1 for the Bears offense, as he’ll be the most qualified candidate to make use of Chicago’s explosive weaponry on offense. It should be an interesting (and nerve-racking) season in the Windy City.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Free Agent: Let’s get back to the RB position as we close things out today and take a look at Jones-Drew. It seems we know where he’s headed, and that’s Oakland, as a deal with the Raiders is rumored to be imminent. The veteran RB has been in the city since yesterday, and they’ve been considered the leaders in the race to land him.
In other unrelated Raiders news, the team is still looking to unload QB Terrelle Pryor, and they’ve reportedly been getting some interest as far as trade partners. They’ll be releasing him next month if they can’t trade him, but could strike a deal before then.

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 Meetings (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season

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