NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/30/14
NFL Updates: McCarron, Cameron, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 30, 2014
We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and the off-season NFL news continues to trickle in. We’ve got plenty to talk about as we cruise closer and closer to the impending 2014 NFL Draft, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: One of our favorite breakout stories from 2013 belonged to Cameron. Despite some uneven quarterback play that damaged his numbers, he still came up with 80 catches and a Pro Bowl selection.
The latest news on him is that he and the Browns have been in talks about a long-term deal, since Cameron is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Unfortunately, the talks haven’t really gone anywhere, and we may not even see a new deal for quite some time.
The team probably isn’t pressing the issue; They likely want to see what he can do in the new Kyle Shanahan offense. If he gets off to a good start, expect a deal to be imminent.
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McCarron’s Draft Stock: Ask 10 different experts about where they expect Alabama QB A.J. McCarron to get drafted, and you’ll probably get 10 different answers. We’ve heard everything from the second round down into the fourth, but there’s reason to believe that he could go even higher than that.
McCarron says he’s been told by NFL executives that he could go as high as the No. 16 pick (which happens to belong to the Cowboys). We’d take that with a grain of salt, however, as there are no less than four other QBs who will likely go ahead of him (Manziel, Bortles, Bridgewater and Carr). Given the strange and volatile nature of the draft, however, we suppose anything could happen. We’d put Cleveland or maybe Houston as the front-runners to land McCarron relatively early.
Kyle Orton, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Here’s a strange situation out of Dallas. Orton didn’t show up to the Cowboys’ voluntary minicamp last week, and whether or not he’ll show up for the mandatory workouts in June remains in question.
Orton is reportedly mulling retirement, but if he does call it quits before the season, he will owe the Cowboys $3 million from his five-year deal he signed in 2012.
If Orton does decide to play this year, he’ll get $3.25 million in salary and won’t owe the team anything. We’ll keep you posted as he considers his options.
Week 1 Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season, which begins September 4.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
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 Remaining:
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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