NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/14/14
NFL Updates: Giants, Finley, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 14, 2014
We’ve reached the middle of the week, and the buzz from this past weekend’s draft is still holding strong. The NFL remains a popular subject as usual, even though it’s the off-season, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the noteworthy happenings out there. Here’s the latest.
Finley’s Future: We’re still waiting on the final word from doctors regarding former Packers TE Jermichael Finley, but until that comes we’ve got some indicators of what his potential future might be.
Finley’s former team, Green Bay, drafted TE Richard Rodgers in the third round of this year’s draft, however the team brass has said that they don’t consider the two players to be related. They reportedly haven’t ruled out the idea of bringing Finley back, providing he checks out medically.
When that medical clearance will come--if ever--is anyone’s guess. He supposedly got an X-ray and an examination last month, but nothing has come of that so far. If Finley does indeed get the docs’ stamp of approval, you can count the Seahawks and Dolphins alongside the Pack on the list of potential suitors.
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Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals: If the recent reports are any indication, the Cardinals’ star CB Patrick Peterson is about to be a rich(er) man. He and the team are in the midst of contract negotiations, and the indications are that a final deal could reach somewhere in the neighborhood of the $60 million dollar mark.
The league standard was set with outspoken Seattle CB Richard Sherman’s $57 million deal (four years) earlier this year, as cornerbacks are the new must-have commodities in today’s NFL.
It’s unclear when we’ll see a final deal for Peterson, but a conclusion seems imminent. He’s currently signed for two years at around $13 million.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants: With their first pick in this year’s draft, the Giants went WR and selected Odell Beckham to replace the departed Hakeem Nicks. That sort of an investment will likely warrant a starting job, so where does that leave the rest of the Giants’ wide receivers?
Well, Randle will reportedly now be competing for the No. 3 position alongside Jerrel Jernigan. Most pundits are giving Randle the early edge there, due to his size and skillset.
All things considered, the Giants’ new-look receiving corps seems pretty good. There’s Beckham, Randle, Victor Cruz, Jernigan and Mario Manningham in the mix. We’ll see if all that on-paper talent translates to the field.
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:
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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