NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/16/14
NFL Updates: Newton's Extension, Bowe's Off-Season Plans, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 16, 2014
The workweek is coming to an end, and that means we’ve got just a few more days to wait before the AFC and NFC Championship games in the NFL. In the meantime, we’ve got plenty of storylines to visit, as the league continues to roll on with the vast majority of teams in their off-seasons already. Here’s a look at what’s making headlines this morning.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Now that the Panthers have had some time to lick their wounds and recover from their playoff loss to the 49ers, they’re turning their attentions toward off-season business. One of the most pressing concerns heading into the 2014 campaign--and one that’s expected to be addressed as soon as possible--is the contract of franchise QB Cam Newton. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be in talks for an extension.
Carolina is convinced that Newton is their guy, so they won’t hesitate to throw a boatload of money his way. Speculation dictates that a reasonable starting point for discussions will be Matthew Stafford’s five-year, $76 million extension he signed with the Lions.
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Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers: Remember Jermichael Finley? You’ll be hearing quite a bit about him as the free-agency period approaches. He was only able to play in six games this season, and his campaign ended with a scary-looking neck injury back in October.
That said, Finley isn’t looking to sell himself short. He says he won’t be taking any kind of an “injury discount” on his upcoming free-agent contract, but he may not have a choice. We’d imagine most teams would be tepid at the prospect of committing a long-term deal coming off a serious neck injury, but you never know. Once he’s reevaluated, the Packers will probably make a run at him if they feel he’s healed sufficiently.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Statistically, Bowe had his worst season in 2013, posting just 57 catches for 673 yards. Most of that was due to the presence of Jamaal Charles, however, and he’s happy with the playoff berth.
Bowe says he’ll be working on his endurance this off-season and trying to shed a little weight with the goal of coming into 2014 faster and more explosive off the line. He said he was “really, really tired” in the Colts game, where he racked up eight grabs for 150 yards in an epic losing effort by the Chiefs.
Lazor Hired by Miami: Former Eagles quarterback coach Bill Lazor has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as the team’s new offensive coordinator. The team is looking for that same magic that enabled Lazor to turn Nick Foles into a playoffs-caliber QB this season (and throw 27 touchdowns in 11 games).
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s playoff time, and the anticipation is running high as we cruise through each week. Here’s a look at the scores and complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: Seahawks 23, Saints 15
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Patriots 43, Colts 22
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Panthers 10
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
Sunday, January 19, 2014:
AFC Championship 3:00 PM ET (CBS)
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
NFC Championship 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams TBA): 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
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