NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/13/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 13, 2016
We’ve got some interesting things happening around the NFL as we head into our first football-less weekend of the off-season. Let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what’s going on out there.
The Bears will not be re-signing RB Matt Forte, which makes him one of the top free agent targets this off-season. In the aftermath of his departure, Jeremy Langford will be the team’s new No. 1 guy out of the backfield.
Langford played very well in place of Forte during a couple of games in 2015, and was an active part of the offense from there on. He should be able to slide right into the feature role.
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In other Bears news, TE Zach Miller will be a free agent this off-season, and he’s reportedly looking for around $5 million per year.
Miller’s asking price is pretty high, and due to his past health issues he probably won’t get that. He did have a nice second half to his 2015 season, however, making the Bears the frontrunners to re-sign him. They’ll likely release fellow TE Martellus Bennett if they can retain Miller.
Once Denver’s Super Bowl afterglow fades, they’ve got some notable contract situations to deal with. One of the big ones is QB Brock Osweiler, who is scheduled to become a free agent.
Osweiler has expressed his desire to re-sign in Denver, but it may not be that simple. The Broncos will likely try to retain him at a discount price compared to what he could get on the free agent market in a QB-thin year. We should see plenty of back-and-forth on this before an agreement is made.
The Buccaneers’ Doug Martin will join Forte as one of the top free agent targets this off-season. Martin finished at No. 2 in the league in rushing and will likely get a nice contract.
According to reports, the Bucs and Martin are unlikely to reach a deal, even though both sides have publicly expressed a desire to stay together. Martin will probably ask for around $8 million per year (DeMarco Murray money) and probably won’t have to come too far off that number.
NFL Off-Season Schedule: It’s a long, slow crawl back to the 2016 NFL season, but the league has a lot of activities planned in the meantime to keep us busy. Let’s check out the upcoming schedule before that first game of 2016.
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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