NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/21/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More
January 21, 2015
Now that the buzz from the AFC and NFC championship games has officially died down, we move on into that barren period until the Super Bowl. We’ll be seeing a lot of frivolous information in the coming days on both the Patriots and the Seahawks, but we’ll try to keep things relevant around here. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s up.
Yesterday during his introductory press conference, we got our first look at new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, as well as a bit of insight as far as his plans for the team.
Kubiak said he’ll “build a playbook” for Broncos QB Peyton Manning and maintained that the team would be doing “what the players do best.”
There’s been some speculation out there that Kubiak’s West Coast offensive system isn’t exactly Manning-friendly, as it features an overabundance of bootlegs and roll-out passing. Whether we’ll see Peyton take a stab at it in 2015 remains to be seen; he’s got until March 9 to decide whether or not he’ll come back for another year. We probably won’t see any kind of decision one way or the other until his physical next month.
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There’s a growing sentiment in Minnesota that the Adrian Peterson era is over. The coaching staff and front office are saying all the right things about wanting the troubled RB back on the team in 2015, but sources close to the team are singing a different tune.
Peterson has a cap hit of $15.4 million this upcoming season and will reach that brick-wall age of 30 in a couple of months. By most indications, he’s not willing to take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings.
Whatever the case, the next big date for Peterson is April 15. That’s when he can apply for reinstatement from the league.
In other running back news, let’s head to North Carolina and check out DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers.
The feeling there seems to be that Carolina will be cutting ties with Williams, given the fact that a move would save the team $2 million this year. Jonathan Stewart’s breakout performances down the stretch of the season lend some credence to this notion.
Williams is now 31 and coming off an injury-riddled year. He played in just six games, averaging 3.5 YPC and failing to get into the end zone.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the next round of the NFL playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Sunday, January 25:
Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET
Sunday, February 1:
6:30 PM ET
Seahawks vs. Patriots (NBC)
Off-Season Key Dates:
February 16: Teams can designate franchise players
Feb 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)
March 10: 2015 league year begins; free agency begins at 4 PM ET and all teams must be under salary cap
March 22-25: Annual meeting
April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)
May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin
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