NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/18/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 18, 2016
The NFL off-season is going strong, and we’re hearing a lot of franchise-tag talk and the beginning mumblings of free agency (which officially begins in less than a month). Let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players and situations out there in the news.
Big news out of DC from yesterday: the Redskins are reportedly not going to offer QB Kirk Cousins a long-term deal.
Even though the two sides haven’t reached an agreement and are no longer talking, there’s apparently no ill will from either party. It’s looking like it’ll be the franchise tag for Cousins this year, and he’ll have to prove that his breakout 2015 was no fluke.
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DB David Bruton is already gathering some interest on the free agent market. There are reports out there that the Dolphins, Giants and Bears will potentially be pursuing him.
Bruton was picked in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by the Broncos, and has started just eight games in that span. Still, he’s got great special-teams value and may get near his asking price--which is three years at $15 million or so.
The Saints restructured DE Cameron Jordan’s contract yesterday, which will lessen their cap hit this off-season.
New Orleans converted Jordan’s $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, which will let them spread out that lump sum across his contract.
Jordan has become a top-ranked DE with a great performance last season. He put up 70 combined hurries, hits and sacks.
The Dolphins are reportedly working on extending DL Cameron Wake, who is recovering from an Achilles injury.
Wake will count just under $10 million against the cap this season, which is the final one on his contract. If the team can work out an extension, they can lower that number and give Wake some security; he’s still pretty productive for a 34-year-old.
The police are expected to hold a press conference today or tomorrow regarding the status of their investigation against LeSean McCoy.
McCoy was reportedly involved in a brawl with multiple off-duty police officers at a nightclub on February 7. We’ll hear whether or not charges will be filed against McCoy at the press conference.
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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