NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/19/14
NFL Updates: New Signings, Jackson, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 19, 2014
We’re getting closer and closer to the annual owners’ meetings, which is the next big step in the current NFL off-season. In the meantime, we’ve seen plenty of activity on the free agent front, a trend which is sure to continue as the days progress. That said, here’s a look at some of the noteworthy headlines out there right now in our daily NFL wrap-up.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Well, it’s now official. Starks re-signed with the Packers yesterday on a two-year deal. The move followed a day or so worth of speculation that he’d be returning to Green Bay, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Still, it’s a quality signing for the Packers, as Starks was drawing some interest from at least a few other teams. Now that he’s back in Green Bay, he’ll be resuming his duties as a complement to fellow RB Eddie Lacy. Starks put up 89 rushes for 493 yards and three touchdowns last season.
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Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: We got some new information on Edelman’s contract yesterday, so let’s take a look and see what his new situation will be. In total, there’s $17 million in his new four-year deal, which includes $8 million in guaranteed money. Along with incentives, he can earn $2 million more.
That’s significantly more than he took home in 2013, when he posted 105 receptions for 1065 yards and six scores on a $1 million paycheck.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: Manningham is officially back with the Giants. Yesterday, word broke that he had agreed to a new deal with New York; It’ll be a one-year “prove it” type contract.
Things didn’t go well for Manningham on the west coast. During two injury-heavy campaigns with the 49ers, he caught just 51 balls for 534 yards and one touchdown.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Much has been made lately about the Eagles’ reported desire to unload Jackson via a trade. The latest reports say the team isn’t actively shopping him, but are in a position to hear any offers sent their way.
According to the reports, the Eagles want at least a third-round pick for Jackson, but it could be a tricky deal any way you look at it. He’s set to earn a hefty $10.25 million base salary this season and could be an issue in the locker room for any team brave enough to take a chance on his feisty personality.
Still, Jackson is an extremely talented player (he had 1,332 yards last season--a career high), and is garnering plenty of interest. Both the 49ers and the Patriots have allegedly made inquiries about him, so it’s possible that we could see a move in the near future.
NFL Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on 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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