NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/11/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 11, 2016
We’re still basking in the aftermath of the Super Bowl, with our view firmly affixed on the off-season. There’s plenty to talk about in this morning’s league wrap-up, so let’s visit with some of the headlines out there.
Let’s kick things off today by checking out a couple of Colts items. The team is likely to release WR Andre Johnson, according to sources close to the team, which isn’t much of a surprise.
Johnson posted just 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns, which is epically bad for someone of his pedigree. The team will save $5 million by cutting him and looking elsewhere.
As for RB Frank Gore, he’s coming off 967 rush yards in 2015, which is the first time in the last five years that he’s failed to hit the 1,000 mark. Much of his issues can be attributed to his offensive line, which was pretty…well, offensive this past season. That’s a spot the Colts brass will need to address before next year if they want to protect Gore and QB Andrew Luck.
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The Vikings aren’t expected to hold on to WR Mike Wallace, who put up a pretty ugly 39-catch, 473-yard, two-touchdown line this past year.
Wallace carries a $11.5 million cap number, and there’s no dead money involved in cutting him. Minnesota will, in all likelihood, move on.
The New York Jets probably won’t be able to re-sign NT Damon Harrison, according to sources close to the team.
With Muhammad Wilkerson in need of re-signing and Sheldon Richardson heading into the final year of his deal, money is tight on the DL with Gang Green. Harrison could hit the free agent market and get a huge contract as a run-stufer.
Those Matt-Forte-to-the-Patriots rumors just refuse to die. Reporters around New England continue to speculate on the Bears RB’s potential move to the Pats, and the conversation revolves around what a perfect fit he’d be for the team.
New England definitely needs some help on the ground with LeGarrette Blount going into free agency and Dion Lewis coming off a torn ACL. Forte would have to take a pay cut, but he may do that to get on a winning team.
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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