NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/5/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 5, 2015
We’re cruising toward the weekend, and the countdown to the new NFL season stands at just five days. There’s plenty to go over between now and then, so let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there in our daily wrap-up.
Once the free agent period begins on March 10, Lions DL Ndamukong Suh is going to be the most coveted name on the board. We can throw a couple of other teams into the fray here, as the Dolphins and Colts are expected to be suitors for Suh’s services during the negotiation period.
Teams can come calling this Saturday, but nothing can be official until the new league year begins. We’ll have to wait until then to see which team can coax Suh into signing.
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The Falcons’ OL Gabe Carimi is going to become a free agent, according to sources close to the team. Atlanta won’t be re-signing him.
Carimi will hit the open market after making seven starts for the team in 2014 and playing in all 16 games during the regular season.
The Colts inked long snapper Matt Overton to a new deal yesterday. Details weren’t readily available, but it’s looking like he’ll be with the team for another four years.
Overton has played in 48 games with the Colts over a three-year period.
The 49ers are throwing linebacker Michael Wilhoite’s name into the proverbial trade circle, according to sources close to the team.
Wilhoite will command a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick if the team gets its way. He’s coming off a career-high 87 tackles in 2014.
We’re still getting juicy details surrounding the LeSean McCoy/Kiko Alonso deal. It appears that new Bills coach Rex Ryan wanted to trade Alonso from the moment he arrived in Buffalo.
Considering Ryan’s defensive acumen, it’s a little weird to consider that he was so ready to trade Alonso, but considering he was coming off an injury it’s not so difficult to believe.
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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