NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/10/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 10, 2016
We’re officially in the NFL off-season this week, but there’s still a lot to talk about in news around the league. With that said, let’s visit some of the notable headlines out there right now in our daily wrap-up.
The Broncos’ Aqib Talib may be suspended for his facemask tackle on Corey Brown in the second quarter of the Super Bowl.
Talib twisted Brown’s head in a pretty ugly-looking tackle, but it ultimately only ended up costing the Broncos about a yard and a half. He had a rough game as far as penalties, collecting a pair of personal foul calls in the first half alone.
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The Panthers’ Jerricho Cotchery says he wants to re-sign with the Panthers, but the team may not want him back.
Cotchery wasn’t very good in the Super Bowl; he dropped three potential passes--one a very big first down attempt in the first quarter. He hasn’t done a whole lot with Carolina, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team move on from the veteran.
Also wishing to return to the Panthers is impending free agent Mike Tolbert. He was able to earn a First-Team All-Pro spot for the second time in his career this past season.
Tolbert probably won’t cost a whole lot, and his considerable talents make him a pretty easy decision to retain.
Speaking of impending free agents, the Bengals’ Marvin Jones is expected to be the top WR prize in a pretty thin market this off-season.
Jones says he won’t give Cincinnati a home-town discount, so teams will be tripping over themselves to try and secure his services. He’ll likely be a No. 1 wide receiver to a needy team who breaks out the checkbook.
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri will be a free agent this off-season, but has confirmed he’ll be back for at least one more year.
Indianapolis has expressed a desire to re-sign Vinatieri, who is one of the best kickers in the league with a near-incomparable career. He’ll likely get a raise from his $2.5 million average over the past two years.
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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