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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/5/15

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 5, 2015

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It may seem like quite a while until the 2015 NFL season starts, but there will be plenty to keep our attentions over the next few months. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations in the headlines right now.

The Cowboys announced yesterday that they won’t be picking up the fifth-year option on CB Morris Claiborne. That means he’ll be a free agent after 2015.
Claiborne played in just four games due to issues with his patellar tendon and hamstring in 2014. Not picking up the option saves the Cowboys $11 million in 2016 salary.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/5/15

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On the flipside of the fifth-year option coin we have Vikings players Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith. The team picked up their options yesterday.
Smith managed 92 tackles and five picks last year and will make a little under $5.3 million next year.
As for Kalil, he will get over $11 million.

The Colts released a handful of players yesterday. Those casualties were RB Jeff Demps, WR Kadron Boone, DE Gannon Conway and OT Matt Hall.

Now that the struggle of the draft is over, the Falcons are turning their attentions toward an extension for superstar WR Julio Jones. He’s scheduled to become a free agent after this upcoming season.
Jones is a two-time Pro-Bowler, but has had some injury issues (foot) recently.

Let’s check out one more fifth-year option issue, this one down in Tampa Bay. The Bucs will not be picking up the option on RB Doug Martin, meaning this will be his final season with the team (barring a new contract all together).
Martin managed a high of 1,454 yards on the ground in 2012, but hasn’t been able to replicate that success since then.

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.

April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)

May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin

NFL Weekly Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the official start of the 2015 NFL season. Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games.

Thursday, September 10, 2015:

8:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (NBC)

Sunday, September 13th, 2015:

1:00 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)

Monday, September 14th, 2015:

7:10 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (ESPN)

10:20 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

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