NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/16/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Week 1 Schedule and More
July 16, 2015
Every day, more and more NFL news is trickling in, even though we’re still firmly entrenched in the off-season. Let’s check out today’s headlines and see what’s happening out there.
The Patriots were able to ink up kicker Stephen Gostkowski yesterday, according to sources close to the team. He’ll be back in New England on a four-year deal worth roughly $17 million.
Gostkowski was originally set to play as a franchise name in this season, which would have cost the team a little over $4 million. The two sides were able to come to an agreement before the deadline, however.
Gostkowski has been to the Pro Bowl the last two years and has led the league in points scored in four seasons.
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Another team that pulled off an 11th-hour deal yesterday was the Chiefs. They agreed to a big six-year, $101 million deal with LB Justin Houston.
It’s the biggest contract in the franchise’s history, and the biggest in NFL history for a player at the linebacker position. Houston was originally set to make $13.1 million under the franchise tag this year.
Houston now makes more money than the Texan’s J.J. Watt (six years, $100 million). He’s coming off three consecutive Pro Bowls and led the league in sacks last year with 22.
We got an update on Dolphins rookie WR DaVante Parker’s status yesterday. It seems he’s doing well in his recovery from foot surgery last month and should be available for the season opener if everything goes as planned.
Parker has had two foot surgeries in the past year, but it’s believed that his problems are behind him.
Dez Bryant beat the deadline yesterday as well, signing a five-year, $70 million contract with a reported $45 million guaranteed.
A short time later, Denver’s Demaryius Thomas agreed to a similar five-year, $70 million contract with $43.5 million guaranteed.
Both players cut it very close, but they’re now locked in for the immediate future.
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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