NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/18/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More
January 18, 2015
Today’s the day (finally). The NFL’s AFC and NFC championship games will be taking place in the next few hours, and very soon we’ll know which teams will represent their respective conferences in the Super Bowl. As such, let’s take one last look around the league before kickoff and see what the headlines are out there.
Will Antonio Cromartie be rejoining Todd Bowles in New York this year? It’s very possible, and the scenario makes sense.
Cromartie is a free agent this off-season, and he’s someone both the Jets and Bowles are familiar with. He spent four years as a Jet under former coach Rex Ryan, then went to Arizona with Bowles as his DC for one year.
If the Cardinals don’t try to retain him, the Jets seem the logical place for Cromartie to go. They need a lot of help in their secondary.
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Speaking of the Cardinals, they’ve got some big issues to deal with this off-season. One of those is veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who may or may not be back with the team this year.
There’s been a lot of speculation that the Cards might cut Fitzgerald, as he carries a $23.6 million cap hit this year. Even with all the QB troubles Arizona has had, his production (63 catches, 784 yards , two touchdowns) simply isn’t worth that number.
Add that to the fact that Fitzgerald has openly shown some disdain for the franchise recently, and it’s plausible that the team may simply cut ties. We could imagine Fitzgerald going to a contender in need of veteran WR help (say, Carolina) and being all too eager to exit.
Eagles QB Nick Foles may or may not be the starter in 2015, so you can expect a lot of talk about which direction the team should go this off-season. Foles has lots of support in the locker room among his teammates, however the coaching staff has stopped short of cementing him as the team’s starter going forward.
Foles posted some pretty pedestrian numbers in 2014, tossing for 2,163 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions before breaking his collarbone on November 2 (nine games).
Expect Philly to at least bring in a viable name to give Foles some off-season competition.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the next round of the NFL playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Sunday January 18:
3:05 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
6:40 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 25:
Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET
Sunday, February 1:
6:30 PM ET
TBA vs. TBA (NBC)
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