NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/26/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
January 26, 2016
With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, we’re bound to hear all sorts of chatter from around the NFL in the coming days. Let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there right now in our daily wrap-up.
The Rams will retain Rob Boras as offensive coordinator this upcoming season. He was able to do some good things after taking over the position in December, but doesn’t have much to work with on the Rams’ roster.
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Let’s check out some Patriots news as they begin their off-season. Sources close to the team expect them to release TE Scott Chandler and LB Jerod Mayo. Both will be cap cuts. Mayo will count against the cap at $7 million, and Chandler carries a $2 million salary for 2016, which is not really a good value for a backup to the best TE in the league.
As for WR Brandon LaFell, he’s a coin-flip. He was wholly unimpressive after making his debut in Week 7, and fell to No. 4 on the depth chart in the AFC Championship Game. Even with the Pats’ relatively horrid WR corps, LaFell is no sure bet to return. A cut would save New England just under $2.7 million.
The Panthers have a couple of injury concerns on defense heading into the Super Bowl, but both should be okay.
Jared Allen was out of action for the conference championship due to his foot injury, even though he believed he could play. Allen is getting over a broken bone, and should be good to go for the big game with two more weeks of rest.
As for Thomas Davis, he broke his arm and immediately had surgery Monday morning in order to try and heal up. It may be pushing it, but we expect Davis to be out there (at least in a limited capacity) for the Super Bowl. He’s a huge part of Carolina’s defensive attack, logging 105 tackles, four forced fumbles and four picks during the regular season alone.
According to Cardinals GM Steve Keim, the top priority this off-season will be building the team’s pass rush. It was certainly an issue this year.
Dwight Freeney, who is 35 years old, posted eight sacks in 11 games after the team picked him up in October. No other player on the team had more than five sacks, which put Arizona at No. 20 in that category.
Freeney is a free agent this year, so the Cards have their work cut out for them. Speculation dictates they’ll be going with an edge rusher in this year’s draft, possibly in the first round.
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 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)
Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos (CBS)
February 22: Teams can use franchise or transition tags on players
February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine
March 7: Free agent negotiations can begin
March 15: 2016 league year officially begins; free agency officially begins
March 20-23: League meetings
April 4: Off-season workouts can begin for teams with new head coaches
April 18: Off-season workouts can begin for teams retaining head coaches
April 22: Offer sheet deadline for restricted free agent signings
April 28-30: NFL Draft (Chicago, Illinois)
May 6-9: Post-draft minicamps
Mid-July: Training camps open
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