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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/1/14

NFL Updates: Tillman, Locker, League Off-Season Schedule and More

February 1, 2014

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One more day. Most of us are in “just kick it” mode on the Super Bowl already, but we’ve got just a little while longer to wait before that actually happens. In the meantime, there are plenty of other happenings elsewhere in the NFL. Let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: We got a little bit of news on Locker yesterday, and it seems pretty positive. According to Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt, his No. 1 QB should be all healed up and ready to take part in organized team activities (OTAs) in May. Locker is coming off Lisfranc surgery in Week 10 and has missed a combined 14 games in the past two seasons due to injury.
There’s some evidence to support the theory that the Titans may end up going in a different direction at QB during the upcoming season--or at least will be making plans to head that way. Whisenhunt has been less than gushing in his comments on the three-year vet, but Locker will likely at least begin the season as the main man under center.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/1/14

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Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets: Cromartie got some good news after visiting with a specialist out west this week. He reportedly won’t be needing surgery on his hip, which should be back to normal after some off-season rest and rehab. Cromartie had been bothered by hip flexor issues during the season, but there’s nothing structurally wrong with the joint.
That leaves the question of Cromartie’s immediate future. The pervading feeling is that he’ll be cut by the Jets--mostly for salary cap reasons--and has a high probability of landing elsewhere via free agency. That said, the possibility exists of him re-signing in New York, albeit for a lower salary.

Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears: While we’re on the subject of cornerbacks, let’s head up to the Windy City and take a look at Tillman. This week, some encouraging news emerged that depicted a happy relationship between him and the Bears organization, and Tillman has been maintaining his desire to remain in Chicago. He’s a free agent this off-season, and there’s been quite a bit of talk that he may end up leaving.
The 11-year veteran CB made $7.95 million in 2013, and ended up disappointing with an injury-plagued campaign. The Bears reportedly won’t even go close to that number if he were to re-sign, so Tillman would have to take a (likely significant) pay-cut to remain a Bear. At this point, we think an equally likely scenario is him reuniting with former head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.

NFL Playoffs and Key Dates: There’s just one more game left in the NFL season, and after that it’s back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the remaining schedule, along with a few important upcoming dates we’ll be seeing soon.

Upcoming Games:

February 2, 2014:

Super Bowl XLVIII: 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

Important 2014 Dates:

February 3: Waiver System Starts (Teams can make transactions, cuts, etc.)
February 17-March 3: Franchise Tag Designation Period
February 19-25: NFL Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)
March 8: Contract Negotiations for Unrestricted Free Agents Can Begin
March 11: League Year Officially Begins (4:00 PM ET)
March 23-28: Annual Owners Meeting (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season

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