NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/3/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 3, 2015
With the new league year just one week away, the NFL rumors concerning free agency and contract signings have been flying at a fever pitch. Let’s check out some of the latest headlines out there and see what everyone’s talking about right now.
And you thought the Browns were all finished in their off-season quarterback hunt. According to reports released yesterday, the team is looking to add some more depth at QB, either through free agency or the draft.
Cleveland is currently set with Johnny Manziel and newly-signed Josh McCown, but will also add another name to the roster. We’ll have to wait and see which direction they go.
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With the Lions opting not to utilize the franchise tag on DL Ndamukong Suh, the floodgates have opened with regards to teams who will potentially be interested in the free-agent-to-be.
Sources close to the Redskins say they’ll be interested in signing Suh, but they’ll have to get in line behind a handful of other teams who would like to ink him as well.
If Detroit was to use the franchise tag on Suh, it would have cost them north of $22 million for 2015, a hefty sum for any player.
While we’re on the subject of franchise tagging, let’s check out a couple of other happenings in that category.
The aforementioned Browns won’t be using their tag on TE Jordan Cameron, meaning he’ll become a free agent next week. Cameron is coming off a 24-catch, 424-yard season in 2014.
In a related situation, the Broncos opted not to use their tag on TE Julius Thomas, instead deciding to use it on WR Demaryius Thomas.
Julius Thomas will become a free agent next week. He put up 43 catches for 489 yards and 12 scores last season.
The Eagles chose not to franchise WR Jeremy Maclin. He’ll hit the open market after coming off a career year of 85 grabs for 1,318 yards and 10 scores.
Randall Cobb will likely end up hitting the open market as well, unless Green Bay gets a deal done with him. He’s trying to get $9 million per year.
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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