NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/23/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More
January 23, 2016
Tomorrow marks the day of the NFL’s Conference Championships, and there’s a lot to talk about between now and then as we cruise though the weekend. That said, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there in the news.
Sources close to the Seahawks are beginning to believe that Marshawn Lynch may retire during this off-season.
Lynch is almost 30 years old and went through a tough year due to injury. He had just one 100 yard game and played in only seven regular-season games. If he doesn’t retire, he’ll likely be looking for a new job since the Seahawks are on the hook for an $11.5 million cap hit if they keep him.
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Let’s get to a couple of Panthers injury notes before tomorrow’s NFC Championship Game. Jonathan Stewart is probable with his ankle injury, and Fozzy Whittaker is also probable with the same ailment. They’ll both be featured heavily tomorrow in a ball-control attempt.
As for DE Jared Allen, he will be out tomorrow thanks to his broken foot. Though he practiced this week and figured he could play, the coaching staff told him no.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see TE Brandon Pettigrew in something other than a Lions jersey next year.
Working against Pettigrew is the fact that he’s coming off ACL surgery in December and is on the books for $3.65 million if the team retains him. We’d assume they’ll cut him and give the extra looks to Eric Ebron.
The Jets have a contract situation to work out with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick this year. He’s coming off a career season with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Though Fitzpatrick is a little on the old side, he hasn’t brought this much excitement to the QB position since the days of Joe Namath. Insiders expect him to get around three years for about $7 million annually, which sounds like a good value to us.
The 49ers fired defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, despite reports earlier this week that they’d likely retain him.
No one seems too high on the Niners DC job, but a couple of names in the running are Jason Tarver and Don Martindale.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games on the NFL playoffs schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch them on.
Sunday, January 24, 2016:
3:05 PM ET:
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos (CBS)
6:40 PM ET
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)
Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:
TBA vs. TBA (CBS)
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