NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/7/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 7, 2016
Today marks the start of off-season free agent negotiations in the NFL, so we’ll be seeing a lot of interesting news items flying around in the next week. That said, let’s check out some of the notable situations out there right now.
We’ve been following the Jets’ Chris Ivory into the free agent process, and now it seems he’s done in New York.
Sources close to the team expect Ivory to be gone in free agency. His price tag likely won’t fit under the Jets’ salary cap limitations, and the team will probably be looking toward the draft in order to find a replacement RB.
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Former Texans and Colts receiver Andre Johnson is going to return to the NFL after his release from Indianapolis.
Johnson had a disappointing season with the Colts, and he will look for one more shot in free agency. Given the crummy WR market, he’ll likely get his wish. Johnson turns 35 in July and should catch on somewhere as a low-level receiver.
No surprise here, but the Patriots picked up TE Rob Gronkowski’s $10 million option. This keeps him under contract with the team through 2019.
Gronk is coming off a 15-game season last year with 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s almost 27.
The Bears’ Matt Forte wants to go to a contender in free agency, and that won’t be Chicago. He may stay in the division, however, as former Bear Julius Peppers has reportedly been trying to get him to come to Green Bay.
Forte would have to make some salary concessions if he were to go to the Packers, as they’re not known for spending in free agency. That said, if something could be worked out, Forte would make a nice compliment to Eddie Lacy in that backfield.
The Broncos reportedly have a three-year deal on the table for Brock Osweiler, worth in excess of $45 million. That said, the Texans are expected to make a significant play at him this week.
Osweiler will likely stay in Denver, where he can be the heir apparent to Peyton Manning, however he may be tempted by the hefty sums he’ll get in free agency.
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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