NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/8/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 8, 2015
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Sunday with no NFL football, but it’s a feeling we’ll have to get used to during this long and arduous off-season. Still, there’s plenty to look forward to in the coming months, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
The Bengals’ Marvin Jones has been out of commission since suffering an ankle injury back in October, but he’s reportedly gained medical clearance to start training again.
Jones’ timeline should have him ready by April at the team’s off-season workouts, so expect him to be 100 percent by practice time in May.
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The Ravens’ Haloli Ngata carries a whopping $16 million cap hit in the 2015 season, and he’s due $8.5 million in salary. That said, it’s not surprising that a report emerged yesterday claiming the team as told him he’ll need to restructure his deal and take a pay cut if he wants to remain in Baltimore this coming year.
Ngata has been in the league nine years, and has been with the Ravens for all of those. We’ll see if the two sides can work out a deal in the coming days.
Browns super-cornerback Joe Haden will be making $8.3 million in base salary this year, a number which is now fully guaranteed, according to sources close to the team.
Haden’s deadline for the guaranteed money came and went this week, which isn’t much of a surprise considering he’s the star of their defense. He’s coming off 73 tackles and three picks this past year.
In other guaranteed contract news, the Saints had a couple of key players pass that deadline this week.
Jimmy Graham will be getting $2.9 million in base salary and $5 million in a roster bonus. He’ll count $11 million against the cap this year.
Also, Drew Brees will get $18.75 in base money, which is now fully guaranteed. He posted 33 touchdowns and 17 picks this past year.
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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