NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/14/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 14, 2015
We’ve reached the weekend, and even though we’re not too far into the NFL’s off-season there’s still plenty to talk about. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there in the news.
Good news for Lions DT Nick Fairley. He was found not guilty of DUI yesterday after a three-day trial.
Fairley will not be suspended by the league under the substance abuse policy, however he will have to pay a $500 fine for reckless driving.
He’ll be a free agent next month and should get a pretty good deal on the open market.
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Bears CB Tim Jennings had an arthroscopic procedure done on his knee recently, according to reports out of Chicago.
Jennings should be just fine for all of the team’s off-season activities. He’s coming off a 66-tackle season in 2014.
The Cardinals are still in negotiations with veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald, but nothing has been set in stone yet. The team is trying to ease the burden of his $23.6 million cap hit this coming hear.
Arizona is in some pretty ugly financial straits right now. They’re currently $16 million over the salary cap.
Will Ndamukong Suh be back with the Lions in 2015? That’s one of the big questions in Detroit right now. The team has until March 7 to get a long-term contract finished with their big lineman, and it’s anyone’s guess whether or not they’ll be able to come to terms.
The Lions conceivably could also stick the franchise tag on Suh, but it would likely cost just shy of $27 million to keep him in Detroit this year.
If Suh does hit the open market, there will be no shortage of interested teams.
The Dolphins are reportedly trying to get WR Mike Wallace to restructure his deal, according to sources in Miami. He’s got a $12.1 cap hit in this coming year.
There’s no word yet on whether or not Wallace would be open to a contract restructuring. He’s coming off an 862-yard, 10-touchdown season.
Off-Season Key Dates: Now let’s check out a few of the notable dates on the NFL’s off-season calendar. Here’s a quick overview.
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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