NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/1/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 1, 2016
We’re not too far off from the free agency period in the NFL, and after that we’ll see the new league year beginning on March 15. In the meantime, let’s visit with some of the notable players and situations in the news.
Late Sunday night, Texans WR Jalen Strong was pulled over and arrested for marijuana possession.
Strong was in the car as a passenger; Packers CB Damarious Randall was driving. Strong admitted what he had to the police. He’ll now face some sort of discipline from the league.
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The Bears franchised WR Alshon Jeffery yesterday, surprising exactly no one. The two sides still have some ground to make up in their contract negotiations, and a long-term deal seems to be the goal here.
For the one-year tag, Jeffery will earn just under $14.56 million. This year if Kevin White can stay healthy the two have a chance to be one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL.
Speaking of the Bears, impending free agent TE Zach Miller may be getting some attention on the open market this off-season.
The Dolphins are said to be potential buyers, as ex-Bears OC Adam Gase is now the head man over there.
Chicago seems like they’re going to let the open market determine Miller’s potential value before trying to re-sign him. He does have a lot working against him, including advanced age--he’ll be 32 this year-- and a sketchy injury history in his career.
Word is that Colts WR Andre Johnson would like to play for one more year, and will likely be returning in 2016.
Johnson is likely going to get cut by the Colts as they move on from his huge $7.5 million cap hit and poor on-field production. Expect Johnson to get a few one-year offers from teams desperate for wide receiver depth and experience. He probably won’t make much of an impact anywhere, however, since he’s nearly 35 and doesn’t seem to have much left.
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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