NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/6/14
NFL Updates: 49ers, Seahawks, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 6, 2014
We’ve nearly reached the weekend, which will give us an opportunity to reflect on all the NFL news that’s come out over the past several days. There’s quite a bit of that to go around, actually, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the noteworthy players out there.
Kaepernick’s Extension: One of the bigger news stories from yesterday’s feed was the mega-extension the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick signed with the team. The deal is for six years and $126 million dollars, with a tad over $60 million in potentially guaranteed money.
Despite the big numbers, the deal is actually pretty friendly to the Niners. They’ll be able to reevaluate Kaepernick on a yearly basis and cut him loose if things aren’t going well. If they make the move before April 1 each year, they’re not on the hook for what’s in the contract. That likely won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the young QB has become the face of their franchise.
Now that the Kaepernick deal is done, the next contract on the board will probably be WR Michael Crabtree’s. He’s down to make $3.5 million this year, but could potentially be franchise-tagged if a deal isn’t reached.
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Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Despite the departure of Eric Decker this off-season (who flew off to New York to join the Jets), the Broncos offense, shouldn’t be missing a beat in 2014. Much of that continuity should come from former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders, who will bring yet another vertical threat to the table.
Like Decker, Sanders is quick off the line and adept at creating separation, two attributes which will serve him well in Denver. He’s coming off a career year in Pittsburgh, posting 67 catches for 740 yards and six touchdowns. Even with all of the weapons at Peyton Manning’s disposal, there’s a good chance Sanders will reach--or even exceed--those numbers this season.
Seahawks Notes: We’ve got a few nuggets on the Seahawks this morning, so let’s check in on the defending champs and see what’s happening up there.
Doug Baldwin will apparently be replacing departed wide receiver Golden Tate in the offense, moving to the X spot in the offensive set. He’s the logical next choice, finishing second to Tate in catches, yardage and targets.
Even with all the talk of the receiving corps, the Seahawks have made it clear they’re still a running team. They’re not built for passing--and they know it--so you can expect to see another heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch and company in 2014.
Second-year RB Christine Michael will probably be taking a step forward in team participation this year; He’s been getting glowing reviews this off-season. Seattle may be transitioning to a more committee-style approach, especially if he plays well.
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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