NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/19/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 19, 2015
The NFL Combine is in full swing right now, and we’re seeing our first glimpses of many future stars from around the league. That means there’s plenty of news to talk about in addition to the regular headlines, so let’s delve into today’s wrap-up and see what’s happening out there.
As of right now, the Redskins are planning on having Robert Griffin III as their starting quarterback in 2015. Head coach Jay Gruden said yesterday at the combine that Griffin was “our No. 1 guy,” and said he feels that won’t change going forward.
Griffin was under a lot of scrutiny last season as the Redskins faltered to a 4-12 finish for last place in the NFC East. He missed quite a bit of time due to an ankle injury and is 14-21 in his three years in the league.
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The Jets and David Harris are set to be meeting this week during the combine, according to sources close to the situation.
The two sides are working on a new deal. If they don’t get anything hammered out, Harris is set to hit the market as a free agent. He’s 31 years old and posted 124 tackles with six sacks and a pair of forced fumbles last season.
In a similar situation, the Chargers and representatives of RB Ryan Mathews are going to be meeting at the combine this week. His most recent contract, signed in 2010, paid just under $19 million.
Mathews has played a full 16-game season just once in his career due to a variety of injuries. He played in just six last year.
Down in Arizona, the Cardinals fully anticipate that CB Antonio Cromartie will be testing the free agent waters this off-season. Whether or not that means he’ll be departing remains to be seen.
In recent weeks, it’s seemed as if Cromartie and the Jets may be headed for a reunion, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that.
One more brief Cardinals piece today: the team is set to meet with Darnell Dockett about his deal this week. He was out with a torn ACL last year and has been in Arizona since 2004.
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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