NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/27/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
January 27, 2016
We’ve got the Pro Bowl coming up in just a few days, and then after that the Super Bowl of course, and that’ll be it for our NFL season. While we’re waiting on the weekend activities, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there in the league.
The Eagles inked TE Brent Celek to a three-year extension worth $13 million. That’ll keep him on the books through 2019.
Celek gets $6 million guaranteed in this deal. It comes a day after Philly extended fellow TE Zach Ertz, so we should see these guys having a big impact in the new offensive system.
Look for Celek to be the main blocker and Ertz to get the majority of the catches.
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A much-publicized report came out yesterday about what Peyton Manning said to Pats coach Bill Belichick on the field after the AFC Championship Game.
Manning reportedly said this year “might be my last rodeo,” which fuels the speculation that he’ll be retiring after the Super Bowl.
It’s not surprising, given the injuries and wear Manning’s body has absorbed over the past couple of years. In all likelihood, the Super Bowl will be his last game.
Pats LB Jerod Mayo went under the knife yesterday to repair his torn pectoral muscle. Initially, his issue had been tagged as a shoulder injury.
Don’t expect Mayo to be back with New England next year. He’s had trouble staying healthy and has ended up on IR in three of the last four years.
One storyline to follow this off-season is the impending retirement decision of Lions WR Calvin Johnson, but there’s reportedly no timetable for his final call.
It’s hard telling exactly when Johnson will decide, but we’d imagine it’ll be sometime before the start of free agency.
The Jets’ Sheldon Richardson will not serve jail time for his idiotic traffic arrest in July. He’ll get probation, a fine and community service for driving 143 miles per hour and evading police. Expect an NFL suspension, though.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games on the NFL playoffs schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch them on.
Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)
Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos (CBS)
February 22: Teams can use franchise or transition tags on players
February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine
March 7: Free agent negotiations can begin
March 15: 2016 league year officially begins; free agency officially begins
March 20-23: League meetings
April 4: Off-season workouts can begin for teams with new head coaches
April 18: Off-season workouts can begin for teams retaining head coaches
April 22: Offer sheet deadline for restricted free agent signings
April 28-30: NFL Draft (Chicago, Illinois)
May 6-9: Post-draft minicamps
Mid-July: Training camps open
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