NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/8/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 8, 2016
The Super Bowl is finally over, and we’re staring across the long chasm of the off-season toward another year of football. We’ve got plenty to talk about this morning in our daily wrap-up, however, so let’s visit with some of the notable happenings.
Super Bowl Wrap-Up: The Denver Broncos are Super Bowl champions today, following a 24-10 defeat of the Carolina Panthers.
Denver bagged the improbable win on the coattails of their No. 1 defense, with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller making a key forced fumble late in the game to seal it.
This team will be remembered for its defense, as well as being (in all likelihood) Peyton Manning’s last season. The offense had just 194 total yards (50 yards less than the previous record for a Super Bowl winner), but was able to rely on the defense to carry them through.
On the other side, Cam Newton was understandably distraught in his postgame interview, giving one-word answers and eventually walking out all together. That, along with his tepid attempt to regain a late fumble (the one caused by Miller) will fuel his critics all off-season.
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Doug Pederson, who is the Eagles’ new head coach, is reportedly interested in bringing QB Nick Foles back to Philly.
This report comes on the heels of one that said the team isn’t expected to use its franchise tag on Sam Bradford.
The Eagles will have to make a trade with the Rams for Foles, who is due just $7.75 million this year. That’s a lot less than Bradford would get as a free agent. The good news for the Eagles is that the Rams benched Foles this past season, so his value is stunted following a horrid campaign.
In Marshawn Lynch news, the Seattle RB has reportedly told people close to him that he’s planning on retiring.
Lynch is coming off a disappointing campaign this past year, suffering through myriad injuries. It would make sense for him to hang it up, as the team seems to be looking toward rookie Thomas Rawls now.
If Lynch does indeed retire, he’ll finish 36th in NFL history with 9,112 rushing yards in nine seasons.
A tweet from late yesterday seems to lend some credence to the thought. Lynch tweeted a picture of a pair of his green cleats hanging up, which likely means he plans to “hang it up” himself. We’ll find out soon.
NFL Off-Season Schedule: It’s a long, slow crawl back to the 2016 NFL season, but the league has a lot of activities planned in the meantime to keep us busy. Let’s check out the upcoming schedule before that first game of 2016.
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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