NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/11/14
NFL Updates: Housler, Packers RBs, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 11, 2014
The NFL off-season is continuing at a steady pace, and even though there won’t be any football played for quite some time, there are still plenty of noteworthy happenings out there that will affect the upcoming season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the players making headlines this morning and see if we can figure out what to expect form them in the upcoming year.
Packers Backfield: It’ll be interesting to see what the Packers do with their backfield in this off-season. On the top of the list is Eddie Lacy, who broke out with 1178 rush yards in his rookie season. The Green Bay coaching staff doesn’t plan to mess with a good thing, so they’ll be opting to “leave him alone and let him run,” as running backs coach Sam Gash puts it.
Another situation the team will have to look at in the off-season is whether or not to re-sign veteran fullback John Kuhn, who is a free agent this year but will be lost in a crowded mass of backfield bodies if he returns. Kuhn is flat-out irreplaceable when it comes to knowledge of the offense, but with the roster currently stuffed and his carries declining each year, the Packers might choose to go a different direction in 2014.
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Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals: We admit it: We (and a lot of other people) expected Housler to have a breakout season in 2013. That didn’t happen, as he finished with just 39 grabs for 454 yards and one TD this year.
Injuries got the best of him in that campaign, as he struggled through issues with his groin and ankle--otherwise those numbers would have been much inflated.
Housler is entering the last season of his rookie deal, so this upcoming year is seen as a “make or break” type. The good news is that he finished 2013 strong, putting up five grabs for 78 yards in the finale against San Francisco.
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos: How much is it going to take for your favorite team to land Decker in free agency? If the media speculation is to be believed, it could be quite a bit. A report came out yesterday which put Decker’s price tag at a hefty $9 million per year, which sounds pretty inflated considering the circumstances.
Before teams write out heavy checks for Decker’s services, they’re likely to try and determine their options during the upcoming draft. This year’s WR class is said to be pretty talented and deep, so we’ll likely see some of the more cash-strapped teams out there try to grow their receiving corps through that route. Still, somebody will likely shell out the cash for Decker--it is professional sports, after all.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: We’ll finish things up today by taking a quick look at Bradshaw. There’s a growing sentiment in the Indianapolis media that suggests the Colts won’t be re-signing him for this upcoming season. Thanks to a neck injury, he was only able to play three games in 2013, but on the bright side he did look pretty good during the short time he was healthy.
That said, the lack of durability will be a major issue for the Colts, and they’re likely to let him walk. We’ll see the trio of Trent Richardson, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown (if he re-signs) next season.
NFL Key Dates: Now that we’ve finished up the season in the NFL, it’s now back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.
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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