NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/6/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 6, 2015
We’re cruising into the first football-less weekend in several months, and there’s a bit of disappointment among NFL fans. Still, there’s plenty to keep us occupied until the draft, so with that said let’s take our daily look at some of the notable storylines around the league.
Remember Aaron Rodgers’ much talked-about calf injury that reared its head near the end of the season? Well, it appears we have a culprit to blame for it.
Rodgers said on his radio show this week that his injury was due to the “poor surface” at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, which is where the ailment originated.
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There’s a relatively big-name center who’s set to enter the open market this off-season, and it’s the Raiders’ Stefen Wisniewski.
He and the team weren’t able to work out a contract extension this past year, and he’s set to hit the free agent market. Wisniewski made $938,000 last season and sources close to the situation believe he’ll be looking for a payday of at least $3 million each year in his new contract.
Fantasy football owners listen up: the Buccaneers’ Austin Seferian-Jenkins is set to take a big step forward statistically next season, if the speculation proves to be true. He’s reportedly going to be a big contributor in the team’s new offense and should end up as a valuable contributor on that side of the ball.
Seferian-Jenkins posted just 21 catches for 221 yards and a pair of scores in his rookie season last year, but he also battled back and ankle injuries that prevented him from flashing his full potential. He’ll be a name to watch in 2015.
The Saints re-upped QB Luke McCown for one year at $970,000, which is the league minimum. He’ll be heading into season three with New Orleans.
The Jets are expected to be releasing RB Chris Johnson, who will cost the team a $5.25 million cap hit next year. We should see a move within the next couple of weeks, as February 16 is the deadline for paying his $500,000 bonus.
Off-Season Key Dates: Now let’s check out a few of the notable dates on the NFL’s off-season calendar. Here’s a quick overview.
February 16: Teams can designate franchise players
Feb 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)
March 10: 2015 league year begins; free agency begins at 4 PM ET and all teams must be under salary cap
March 22-25: Annual meeting
April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)
May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin
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