NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/1/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 1, 2016
With the Pro Bowl all finished up, we NFL fans can now focus squarely on the Super Bowl, coming up in just six days. There’s a lot to go over between now and then, so let’s check out today’s headlines.
Big news out of Detroit: according to sources, Calvin Johnson told coach Jim Caldwell that he plans to retire.
This conversation reportedly occurred the day after the regular season came to a close, and he’s been sitting on this decision all year. There seems to be little doubt that Johnson has played his last down in the NFL. He’s 30 years old and giving up a $16 million salary next season.
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The Dolphins are expected to cut LB Koa Misi this off-season in an effort to trim their salary liabilities.
If Miami dumps Misi, they’ll save $3.72 million against the cap. He’s not great in pass coverage, even though he has other strengths. The team will probably cut their losses and take the savings.
In other Dolphins news, the team isn’t expected to draft a quarterback to push incumbent starter Ryan Tannehill.
The team is content with their quarterback situation right now, and the coaching staff believe they can improve things down in South Beach. Expect Tannehill to get a lot more nurturing and freedom this season.
Elsewhere in the AFC East, the Patriots are expected to keep WR Danny Amendola around, even though a cut would save the team $3.5 million against the cap.
Amendola is coming off a nice season (and a relatively healthy one) and with the thin WR corps in New England his job seems secure.
The Redskins offense could look a lot different this season. The team isn’t expected to re-sign RB Alfred Morris, and wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon could be cap cuts.
That said, the only saving grace these three players have is the lack of talent behind them at their respective positions. Still, we expect at least two of them to be gone, if not all. Morris will likely be the first to go.
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, 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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