NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 2, 2016
The countdown to the Super Bowl stands at just five days now, and with each passing hour the anticipation continues to build. That said, let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what’s going on out there.
You can add another noteworthy NFL name to this year’s retirement list. DE Justin Tuck announced yesterday that his career was over after 11 seasons.
Tuck has been out in Oakland for the past couple of years, where he missed most of last season due to a torn pectoral. When he was with the Giants, he won two Super Bowls and finishes his career with 66.5 total sacks.
The Jets are looking like they’ll have to find a new No. 1 RB this off-season. According to sources close to the team, Chris Ivory will likely not re-sign in New York.
The Jets have more pressing needs with impending free agents anyway, as they’ve got to lock up Ryan Fitzpatrick, Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison.
As for Ivory, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a new home given his body of work and successful season last year.
Over in the Windy City, reporters believe that free agent WR Alshon Jeffery will likely come back to the Bears.
Jeffery was injured for much of 2015, and didn’t put up the numbers he’s capable of. With the WR class in free agency being pretty weak, don’t think for a minute that the Bears will let him walk. If they can’t reach a deal, they’ll franchise tag him.
The Packers reportedly want RB Eddie Lacy to lose 30 pounds, and he’s committed to losing the extra weight.
Lacy had career-lows across the board this past season, including 187 carries, 946 yards and five touchdowns. He’ll need to come into training camp fit and spry--and also have a nice statistical year in 2016--if he wants a new contract in Green Bay.
There’s no replacing WR Calvin Johnson, but who might the Lions go after to try and fill that void at WR? Well, with Alshon Jeffery likely off the market, the top free agent in this WR class will be Marvin Jones of the Bengals.
Top WR draft prospect Laquon Treadwell will likely go long before the Lions are on the clock, so Jones seems like he’ll be a hot target for Detroit. Honestly, however, there’s not much talent out there in the draft or free agency this year.
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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