NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/3/14
NFL Updates: Orakpo, Rice, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 3, 2014
We saw some major moves over the weekend in the NFL, and those signings/releases will certainly have a big impact on the upcoming season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the top headlines out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Brian Orakpo, LB, Washington Redskins: All weekend long, speculation swirled around Orakpo concerning his immediate future with the Redskins. There’s a growing sentiment among NFL experts that says the team will likely let him go during free agency this season, as a contract re-signing doesn’t look all that likely.
Washington has a ton of needs at other positions, and a franchise tag on Orakpo would cost them $11 million. If he indeed does reach the open market (and the ‘Skins don’t franchise him before today’s deadline), he won’t have too much trouble finding a home. He’s averaged 9.5 sacks annually in his four years with the league.
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Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Pats organization. The team may be trying to unload new WR Danny Amendola this off-season via trade. It’s not too hard to see why they want the divorce, as he posted just 54 catches for 633 yards and two touchdowns in an injury-plagued 12-game 2013.
If the Pats can’t get any takers on Amendola, they may end up just waiving him after June 1, which would save the team a little under $1.4 million against the cap. We’ll keep an eye on this situation as it develops in the coming weeks.
Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Now lets move on to another AFC receiver who is potentially on the chopping block this off-season. Avery is speculated to be a potential candidate to get cut, thanks to an underwhelming 40-catch, 596-yard, two-touchdown season in KC.
Avery is set to make $1.65 million in the upcoming season, and if the Chiefs get a couple of new WR faces via the draft or free agency, they could release him. If Avery goes, look for A.J. Jenkins to get a big up-tick in contribution opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Sidney Rice, WR, Free Agent: Let’s check in on Rice for a moment, as there’s some fresh speculation out there on where he may end up. The Panthers are considered to be an ideal fit for the recently-cut ex-Seahawk, as he played his college ball in the area (South Carolina) and would probably fit nicely into their offensive system.
Rice is an injury risk, sure (he’s coming off ACL surgery), but wouldn’t cost the Panthers too much to take a chance on. They don’t have a whole lot of room under the cap, but Rice could potentially remedy a need at a relatively cheap cost.
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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