NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/22/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More
January 22, 2015
The dog days between the NFC/AFC Championships and the Super Bowl continue to chug along, but there are still plenty of headlines out there in the NFL. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations everyone’s talking about right now.
Dolphins fans had better get used to seeing Ryan Tannehill as the team’s long-term QB. GM Dennis Hickey came out this week expressing his excitement and optimism about Tannehill’s future in Miami following a career year for him.
Tannehill posted 4,045 pass yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, all bests for him. That said, the team has some decisions to make regarding his future, as they’ll have to decide whether to give him a long-term deal or simply tie him up for one more year after the 2015 campaign.
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In other Dolphins news, we got little verification from Hickey over wide receiver Mike Wallace’s future with the team. He’s still under contract, and is due to make $9.9 million in the coming season.
Wallace put up 10 touchdowns but had trouble hooking up with Tanehill on deep balls once again this year. The result was just 862 receiving yards.
Elsewhere in the AFC East, the new Jets coaching regime remained mum about Geno Smith’s future with the team, neglecting to say whether or not they’d be installing him as a starter in 2015.
There’s been some widespread speculation that the Jets may draft a quarterback with the sixth overall pick, but regardless Smith is still under contract though the 2016 season. He posted 14 touchdowns and 16 turnovers this past year.
Smith’s backup, Michael Vick, is headed for free agency.
In Peyton Manning news, sources close to the Broncos are saying the veteran QB would like to return for another year in 2015. There had been some speculation as to whether or not he’d even want to come back, what with the early playoff exit, injuries and new coaching regime.
Regardless, Manning needs to see what the doctors tell him at his physical next month, which will be crucial in determining his future.
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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