NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/24/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 24, 2015
The NFL Scouting Combine is officially in the rearview mirror, but it will take quite a while to process all the new information we’ve uncovered over the weekend. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s in the news today.
The saga between the Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul has collected its fair share of headlines recently, and another chapter was unveiled yesterday.
New York will be hitting Pierre-Paul with the franchise tag if the two sides can’t come to a mutual agreement on a long-term deal, according to sources close to the team.
We’ve still got a few days for this to play out. The deadline for franchising is March 2. If indeed that situation plays out, it’ll cost New York around $15 million or so in 2015.
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Will we see veteran linebacker James Harrison on the field again this year? According to the man himself, that answer is probably yes.
Harrison says he wants to play one more year in the NFL, this decision coming after he was brought out of retirement by the Steelers in 2014. He posted 29 tackles and 5 ½ sacks in 11 games.
Whether or not Harrison puts on a Steelers jersey this year is in question however, depending on whether or not the team wants him back.
The Ravens’ Pernell McPhee is set to be a very wealthy man pretty soon. Sources close to the situation believe he’ll command a king’s ransom on the free agent market, likely in the neighborhood of $8 and $10 million.
McPhee is coming off a 27-tackle, 7 ½-sack season. Possible destinations for him include Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta and Indianapolis.
Speaking of the aforementioned Ravens, they’re expected to get a new contract to Jeromy Miles this off-season. He’s a backup safety and plays on special teams, posting an interception and 28 tackles in 2014.
With the Lions in intense negotiations with Ndamukong Suh, some of their other priorities are on the backburner. One of those projects is LB DeAndre Levy, who the team is not expected to sign to an extension anytime soon.
Levy is under contract for 2015, so he’s not an immediate priority. Time will tell whether or not that will pay off for the Lions or come back to bite them.
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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