NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/10/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
We’ve still got 20 days left until the NFL draft, and although that feels like forever, it’ll be here before you know it. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about, so let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s in the news.
The Colts have officially exercised the fifth-year option on superstar quarterback Andrew Luck’s contract, the team said yesterday.
That means Luck is under contract through next year. If he can finish out his deal with numbers like he had this past season (4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns), he’ll be a very rich man come time to sign a new contract.
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The Packers’ Don Barclay will be returning to the team this year. He signed an RFA tender sheet.
Barclay is coming off a torn ACL last year that cost him the entire season. He’ll be getting a little over $1.5 million for his services in 2015.
The Steelers also picked up a fifth-year option on a player yesterday: offensive lineman David DeCastro.
He’s been a very reliable player for Pittsburgh over the past couple of years, starting 31 games at guard over that span.
The Browns and TE Rob Housler agreed to a one-year deal yesterday, according to sources close to the situation.
Housler will be hoping to see an increased role in the Cleveland offense in 2015, since he caught just nine balls for 129 yards with the Cardinals last year.
Let’s finish up with some pretty major news: both LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell will be receiving suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Bell will get three games and Blount one.
The suspensions stem from an incident last August when the pair was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop.
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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