NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/20/14
NFL Updates: Reed, Decker, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 20, 2014
With the combine already underway, we’ll be seeing all sorts of NFL updates coming out of Indianapolis over the next few days. That said, there are plenty of topics to cover this morning in our daily look at the headlines across the league. Let’s take a moment to visit some of the newsmakers from the NFL today.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are expected to be on the hunt for a new starting quarterback this off-season, either from free agency or in the draft. That makes Pryor expendable, and the team is reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for him.
It’s unclear whether or not there’s even a market for Pryor, but it’s conceivable that a cash-strapped team looking for a quick fix for 2014 could take a chance on him--as a backup most likely.
Meanwhile, the Raiders own the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, but face something of a problem. There’s a good chance that the top three quarterbacks of this class (Bridgewater, Manziel and Bortles) could be off the board by the time they’re on the clock.
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Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nervous Packers fans see Cobb entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2014 and are pining for the team to offer him an extension ASAP. That’s not likely to happen for at least a few months, however, as Green Bay is apparently trying to keep their focus on the upcoming draft and free agency market.
The team will likely be looking at Cobb’s deal (as well as Jordy Nelson’s) once training camp gets a little closer. He’s one of the most talented young receivers in the league, and the team would love to lock him up for a long-term contract.
Cobb was on pace for some huge numbers in 2013 before breaking his leg.
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos: We’ve got some fresh speculation on the potential future of free-agent-to-be Decker, and it likely won’t be in San Diego.
There was some initial hope around the Chargers fan base that reasoned Decker would be a good fit for the Bolts--and that’s true. Head coach Mike McCoy was with Denver as OC until 2012, and thus has ties there. That said, San Diego isn’t expected to have the salary cap space to be able to afford Decker. They’re already more than $800,000 over the cap as it is, and there’s little hope they’d be able to wedge Decker’s anticipated $8 million salary in there as well.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Let’s finish up today by taking a look at Reed. The latest on him is that he’s completely recovered from the concussion issues that thwarted his 2013 season, and he’s been training for the upcoming campaign.
As a rookie last year, Reed missed all but nine games due to concussion issues, but still managed to rack up 45 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns. If he’s healthy in 2014, he’ll be one of the most dominant offensive forces on the Redskins roster. He’s already got good chemistry with RG3, and the coaching staff reportedly loves him, so we see big things for Reed if his injury issues truly are behind him.
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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