NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/22/14
NFL Updates: Tate, Cousins, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 22, 2014
We’re cruising through the combine before the 2014 NFL season, and all the while learning some interesting things about the incoming rookie class. That said, there’s also plenty of other news happening around the rest of the league, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines around the NFL. Here’s the latest.
Packers Notes: We’ve got a couple of nuggets on the Packers this morning, and fans should be optimistic heading into the 2014 season. First off, we should probably get used to seeing Eddie Lacy out there on the field. Coach Mike McCarthy said he expects the 2013 rookie to be a “three-down player” this year. That makes sense: The dynamic Lacy posted 284 carries for 1,178 yards this past season, despite the fact that he played more than 80 percent of the offensive plays in a game only four times.
In other news, the Packers are now expected to allow B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett to walk via free agency. Both players were an integral part of the team’s plans last season, but they reportedly would like to get younger and faster on that side of the ball.
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Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: It’s looking like Britt will be hitting the open market this off-season. The Titans aren’t expected to re-sign him, so he’ll become a free agent when that period begins.
Though it seems like he’s been around forever, Britt is only 25 and will garner some significant interest as a free agent. Even though he only had 11 catches for 96 yards in 12 games last year, we could visualize him catching on somewhere like New England.
Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks fans will be happy to hear that the top free agent priority this off-season for Seattle GM John Schneider is WR Golden Tate. He tallied a team-leading 898 receiving yards and five touchdown grabs (tied for the team lead), and has been quoted as saying he’d be willing to take a hometown discount to get back with the Seahawks.
Signing Tate will shore up one of the big off-season to-do boxes on the Seahawks’ checklist. They figure to come back just as strong in 2014 and will be the team to beat in the NFC once again.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Here’s an interesting development out of DC. Yesterday, a report came out that said the Redskins had no interest at all in trading backup QB Kirk Cousins, who has been the subject of trade rumors since at least last season.
This seems kind of odd, given the fact that Washington reportedly put a price tag of a second-round pick on Cousins as part of any potential trade package. Things can always change--it’s a long way until the season begins--but this throws a bit of a kink in the gears of the quarterback market.
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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