NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/7/14
NFL Updates: Clowney's Deal, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 7, 2014
We’ve finally reached the weekend, which makes for a good time to kick back and check out what your favorite NFL team is doing in preparation for the 2014 campaign. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the recent news that’s got everyone talking.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans: It took a little while, but the Texans were able to ink their No. 1 draft pick to a deal yesterday. Clowney signed for four years with a team option in 2018 for $22.3 million in guaranteed money. The deal comes with $14.5 million as a signing bonus.
Now that Clowney is all locked up, the Texans get an immediate and much-needed upgrade to their defense, which was hurting in a big way last season. Paired together with J.J. Watt, Clowney will be able to wreak havoc on opposing fronts and should help Houston control the line of scrimmage.
The next big question remaining for the Texans is on the other side of the ball at the QB position, so we’ll have to wait and see what they can do with that.
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Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Much has been made over the last few weeks about Davis’ reported unhappiness with his contract. He’s already skipped out on the team’s voluntary OTA sessions (giving up $200,000 in bonuses in the process), but says he’ll be attending the mandatory minicamp later this month.
With his $7.35 million annual salary, Davis ranks third among NFL tight ends in contract money (that is, until Jimmy Graham’s situation plays out).
New Chargers Attack: Once the 2014 season gets underway, we could be seeing a very dynamic and intriguing offense out in San Diego. According to sources close to the team, Philip Rivers and company will be employing a different scheme this year. It’ll be heavy on the no-huddle options and should provide an up-tempo pace with plenty of scoring opportunity.
Rivers will get quite a bit of room to improvise in this new setup, and that should lead to some downfield shots courtesy of Ladarius Green and Keenan Allen.
Will we see a much-improved Chargers squad this year? If this offense plays out the way they want it to, it’s quite possible. San Diego could potentially do some major damage on the scoreboard this year.
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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