NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 16, 2015
We’ve passed through another off-season NFL weekend and into the workweek, and there’s plenty of fresh news to check out as we move along. That said, let’s visit the headlines in our daily wrap-up and see what’s happening out there.
The Giants have quite the soap opera going on right now with DE Jason Pierre-Paul. The latest chapter in the story has him expected to skip out on this month’s mandatory minicamp (which begins today, incidentally) as part of his holdout in seeking a long-term contract extension.
New York designated Pierre-Paul with the franchise tag this off-season, and he hasn’t yet signed the tender. The deal is worth $15 million.
This situation is certainly odd, as Pierre-Paul faces little repercussion for not attending minicamp. He’s technically not on the roster right now, so he can’t be fined by the team for his absence.
The two sides are reportedly not very close on agreeing to a long-term contract extension, so we could see this story play out for quite some time to come. Even though Pierre-Paul is coming off a great 77-tackle, 12.5-sack season in 2014, he’s getting a new defensive coordinator this year and will need to learn as much as he can before Week 1.
The Falcons made a roster move yesterday, releasing veteran OT Sam Baker. He was a first-round pick in 2008 and has been in Atlanta for his entire career.
Baker missed out on the 2014 season due to a torn patellar tendon and was replaced by Jake Matthews.
Let’s finish up today with a couple of Chargers items. First of all, safety Eric Weddle is expected to participate in the team’s minicamp this week. He had been holding out thanks to a contract dispute.
Weddle will likely hit the free agent market after the 2015 season.
Also, the team will be looking to RB Danny Woodhead to provide a spark on the offensive side of the ball this year. Woodhead is finally healthy after suffering a broken ankle in Week 3 of the 2014 season and will look to get back to his 2013 numbers this year. He’ll be a player for Chargers fans to keep a close eye on.
NFL Weekly Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the official start of the 2015 NFL season. Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games.
Thursday, September 10, 2015:
8:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (NBC)
Sunday, September 13th, 2015:
1:00 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (CBS)
8:30 PM ET:
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)
Monday, September 14th, 2015:
7:10 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)
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