NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/3/14
NFL Updates: Chargers, Daniels, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 3, 2014
With the DeSean Jackson signing becoming official yesterday, the biggest name left on the free agent market now has a home in DC. That said, there are plenty more happenings to keep tabs on around the NFL as we head toward OTAs and the upcoming draft. Let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what’s happening out there.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Free Agent: It’s looking like Finley will have to wait a little longer if he’s going to land a deal for the upcoming season. Though he visited with the Seahawks a few weeks back, an offer didn’t materialize and he’s still without a team.
The word on a possible signing is that Seattle isn’t in any rush to sign the injury-risk Finley, which makes it sound like they’re waiting for additional medical clearance before they make any kind of move here. Finley is coming off a neck injury and spinal fusion surgery, so his future is still very much up in the air. If everything works out, however, he could be an impact player for the Seahawks.
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Owen Daniels, TE, Free Agent: We’ve got a bit of an update on Daniels this morning, and it could lead to a possible confirmed destination in the very near future. Insiders are speculating that he’d be a great fit in either New York (with the Giants) or Green Bay, and could walk in and start in either city. The Ravens would be another good situation for him, but they’re not likely to be on the market since they’re set with Dennis Pitta.
Daniels was only able to play five games with the Texans last season before a broken leg derailed his 2013 campaign. He’s over the hill as far as NFL players go (31), but has shown some flashes of brilliance in the past few years. He could be a nice pickup for the Giants or Packers.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Johnson and his situation, so let’s see what’s happening there. The Titans are expected to release him at some point this week, which would put an end to months of speculation that he’d played his last down in Tennessee. The team hasn’t owed him any money this off-season, so they’ve been taking their time.
Assuming he is released, the team everyone is talking about having the most interest is the New York Jets. They’re looking for a complement to their incumbent starting veteran RB Chris Ivory, and Johnson could provide a one-two punch to a run-happy team. Previously, the Falcons were linked as potential suitors here, but they apparently aren’t interested.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers: How is Brown going to fit in with the San Diego offense? That’s a question posed by many a Chargers fan over the past few weeks since he joined the team. He joins an already crowded backfield populated by the likes of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, and it’s difficult telling exactly what the team’s plans are.
Speculation dictates that Brown will serve as something of an insurance policy in case either Mathews or Woodhead goes down due to injury this year. It’s though that he’ll receive around 5-10 carries per game. Looking a little further down the road, Brown seems to be in their long-term plans as an option if one of the other backs leaves in free agency.
NFL Off-Season 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 Meetings (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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