NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/13/14
NFL Updates: Steelers, Seahawks, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 13, 2014
Now that we’ve almost reached the weekend, it’s time to kick back and check out some of the notable happenings in the NFL. Even though we’re still a ways off from the official beginning of the 2014 season, there are still plenty of headlines out there. Let’s take our daily look around the league.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: There’s been a lot of speculation over the past day or so concerning Lynch’s potential actions during next weeks’ mandatory minicamp. Sources close to the team report that the veteran running back won’t be attending sessions next week, as he’s apparently unhappy with his current contract.
Looking at the numbers, Lynch will get a $5 million paycheck this season and $5.5 million more next year. That’s actually pretty good for a running back these days--even an elite one such as Lynch.
If Lynch sits out next week’s camp, we doubt the Seahawks will break down and renegotiate. The team really loves their other RB Christine Michael and are set at the position if they want to play hardball. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.
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Maurkice Pouncey, C, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers made news yesterday when it was announced they’d signed their center Maurkice Pouncey to a contract extension. The new deal is worth $44 million over five years, which is a max contract. He’ll make a cool $14 million this season alone.
Pouncey missed out on last season thanks to a knee injury, but is reportedly all healed up and ready to go. Before getting hurt, he’d played in 45 games over three years in the NFL.
Fantasy Corner: All this week, we’ve been checking out the top players in fantasy football on a position-by-position basis. Today we’ll finish up with defense/special teams, which is an often overlooked area.
At the top, the Seahawks stand alone. They’ll be the first team off the board in your draft, and rightly so. The 49ers aren’t too far behind, and after that is where we start seeing discrepancies in the rankings.
We like the Rams to take a big step forward this season, followed by the Broncos and Cardinals leading the defensive revolution out west. The Steelers should be pretty good as usual, and the Patriots are definitely heading in the right direction. The Chiefs, Saints and Texans (who have nowhere to go but up) round out our top tier.
Down a little further, we like the Bengals, Browns and Buccaneers.
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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