NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/4/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 4, 2016
We have just three days left until Super Bowl Sunday, and there’s lots of information floating out there. Let’s check out some of that info in our daily wrap-up and see what’s happening as we gear up for the big game.
Let’s start today out with a couple of Packers items. Sources close to the team don’t expect them to retain impending free agent James Jones. There seems to be a feeling that they’ll be going with younger guys at WR.
Jones will be 32 in March and had some issues with YAC and separation this past season--he was a very reliable target, though.
As for Packers RB Eddie Lacy, some beat writers are estimating his 2015 playing weight at around 260. That’s a far cry from his Pro Day listing of 231, and could explain for his major drop in production this year. There have been lots of reports that he’s trying to lose 30 pounds or so this off-season; we’ll see if he can do it.
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Yesterday, word broke that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco and would like to play for the Jets.
That news of course set the sports world on fire, but the Jets are reportedly not interested. It’s an interesting scenario, but we’d imagine the Jets are just fine with Ryan Fitzpatrick (whom they need to re-sign).
Good news for the Broncos defense. Both T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart were limited in yesterday’s practice, but seem on track to play in the Super Bowl.
Both Ward (ankle) and Stewart (knee) have maintained that they will play all along. Denver should be at full strength here.
Speaking of the Broncos defenders, LB Danny Trevathan dropped some hints as to his potential free-agent destinations this month.
Trevathan said he could end up “talking” to Bears coach John Fox, who drafted him as a rookie. He’s about to turn 26 and will be in line for a big contract. Chicago should be considered one of the front-runners to acquire his services this off-season.
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, 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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