NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/7/14
NFL Updates: Johnson, OTAs, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 7, 2014
We’ve entered a new workweek, and the NFL’s first day of organized off-season activities for a handful of teams will be today, so there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming days between now and the draft next month. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Chris Johnson, RB, Free Agent: Let’s check out the latest mutterings on Johnson, as he’s been a hot topic recently. He’s expected to sign with a team by the middle of this week, but it remains to be seen where exactly he’ll go.
The New York Jets are still the most likely landing spot for him, and if they do sign him they’ll have some roster trimming to do. Johnson would give the team five running backs, so we’d expect veteran Mike Goodson to be on the chopping block as a roster casualty. He’s coming off an ACL injury (and surgery), and has some legal troubles surrounding him as well.
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Owen Daniels, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Since the Ravens already have a significant investment at TE in Dennis Pitta, it was kind of a head-scratcher that Daniels elected to sign there. Regardless of what seems like a logjam at the position, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said the team’s new TE will have a role that’s “plenty big.”
The appeal for Daniels seems to be offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak (his former head coach), who will probably be continuing his penchant for two-tight-end sets.
First Day Teams: Off-season activity will begin today for a few teams, so let’s check out each division and see when each squad will be in action.
NFC EAST: Redskins begin today; All others begin April 21.
NFC NORTH: Lions and Vikings begin today; Bears and Packers April 22.
NFC SOUTH: Buccaneers begin today; All others begin April 21.
NFC WEST: All teams begin April 21.
AFC EAST: Jets, Dolphins and Patriots begin April 21; Bills begin April 22.
AFC NORTH: Browns begin today; Ravens and Bengals begin April 21; Steelers begin April 22.
AFC SOUTH: Titans and Texans begin today; Colts and Jaguars begin April 21.
AFC WEST: Broncos and Chiefs begin April 21; Raiders and Chargers begin April 22.
NFL Off-Season 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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