NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/26/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 26, 2016
We’re cruising steadily toward the NFL’s off-season workout period next month, and in the meantime there’s plenty to talk about. Let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there right now.
The Broncos’ Von Miller is out to get $22 million annually, according to sources close to the team.
Miller is currently under a franchise tag, and even though $22 million sounds huge, there are reportedly several around the league who think his annual pay could go even higher as a free agent.
In 2016, Miller will earn just over $14 million, but if he has another solid year and hit’s the open market, he’ll easily become the highest-paid defender of all time.
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The Falcons signed LB Courtney Upshaw yesterday. He’ll be in Atlanta on a one-year deal.
Upshaw, who is coming off a stint with the Ravens, was getting some looks in free agency from the Patriots, 49ers and Jets. With the Falcons, he’ll be on the strong side and should make a nice addition to that defense. In his NFL career, he’s recorded 183 tackles, four fumbles and five recoveries since 2012.
With this signing, Atlanta is likely to be closing the door on O’Brien Schofield, who is a free agent.
Let’s visit with the Jets for a moment and check out the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation. The team has reportedly offered the aging QB a $7 million annual salary, but would be willing to move up to $9 million if needed.
That sounds all well and good, but Fitzpatrick is reportedly seeking something in the neighborhood of $16 million per year. We’re at an old-fashioned stalemate right now, and there doesn’t seem likely to be a resolution soon.
The Saints signed restricted free agent Josh Hill to a three-year deal yesterday, which is surprising since no one thought they’d be able to come up with the cap space.
The Bears had given Hill an offer, which New Orleans decided to match. He’ll be the No. 2 TE with the Saints this year.
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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