NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/7/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 7, 2015
We’ve officially reached the last weekend of the NFL year, as the 2015 campaign will begin on March 10. After that, it’ll be a free-agency bonanza, so in the meantime we’ve got plenty to talk about. That said, let’s check in on some of the notable players and situations out there.
We had a couple of very big news items happening in the NFL yesterday. We’ll start things off with the Marshawn Lynch deal. Seattle will be bringing back Beast Mode after the two sides agreed to a new contract yesterday.
Lynch’s deal comes after an impasse between him and the Seahawks that reportedly had him considering retirement.
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The other big news from yesterday’s feed concerned the Jets, who agreed to a trade with the Bears for WR Brandon Marshall.
Reports came out earlier this week that said Chicago was trying to shop Marshall around, and they found a suitor in New York. They’ll get a fifth-round pick in return, which sounds like a pretty good deal for a No. 1 receiver--something Gang Green desperately needed.
Marshall and new Jets coach Todd Bowles have a history together: Bowles was an assistant in Miami when Marshall was there in 2010-11.
As a direct result of the Marshall deal, it would appear that WR Percy Harvin won’t be staying with the team much longer. The team will be parting ways after Harvin reportedly refused to reduce his 2015 salary, which was set at a lofty $10.5 million. If New York cuts him, they’ll owe Seattle a sixth-round draft pick this year.
One more Jets item while we’re on the subject: David Harris will be playing in New York for at least a couple more years after signing a three-year, $21.5 million deal yesterday. This new contract comes just days before he was scheduled to become a free agent.
Harris was one of the more productive Jets last year, accounting for 124 tackles, 5 ½ sacks and two forced fumbles. He played all 16 games.
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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