NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/2/14
NFL Updates: Free Agent Check-Up, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 2, 2014
We’re kicking off another workweek today, but thankfully we’ve got plenty of NFL news to keep us occupied as we get back to the grind. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable happenings out there. Here’s the latest.
NFL Back in L.A.?: One topic we’re bound to hear about at length in the near future is the NFL’s lack of a team in the Los Angeles market. With the recent sales of the Dodgers and Clippers--each garnering a cool $2 billion--it’s no wonder the NFL is salivating at the prospect of getting a franchise into that market again.
There hasn’t been professional football in L.A. since the Raiders and Rams moved out following the 1994 campaign, and there seems to be a growing interest in moving a team there. Finding a site to build a stadium would be one of the biggest hurdles to a prospective franchise, but we’re willing to bet that any owner wanting to put his team in L.A. would be welcomed with open arms (and wallets).
It remains to be seen what will happen with this situation, but rest assured we haven’t heard the last of it.
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Free Agent Marketplace: It’s been a while since we’ve checked on the available free agents out there, so let’s take a moment to review some of the notable players who haven’t found homes just yet.
Jermichael Finley leads the pack of free agents still left out there, and his is a medical issue. We’re still in a holding pattern when it comes to figuring out what his future is, but there are at least a few teams that have shown interest in him--if he proves to be healthy, that is. Supposedly his surgeon has cleared him, and he met with both the Packers and a mystery team last week.
Josh Freeman, meanwhile, is now homeless again after being cut by the Giants. It remains to be seen which teams still want to give him a try, but rest assured he’ll catch on somewhere. The Bears and Raiders’ names were linked to him before he signed with New York.
Then there’s Santonio Holmes. Even with the deep WR market out there, we figured he’d have signed with a new team by now after being dropped by the Jets earlier this year. It seems no one really wants to deal with his baggage, however, and there’s not much interest out there at all.
Asante Samuel’s name sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb here as well. He was a big-time starter (with a big-time paycheck) last season, but has lost favor due to the influx of younger names. Samuel’s laundry list of injury issues doesn’t help matters, either.
Week 1 Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season, which begins September 4.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
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 Remaining:
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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