NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 14, 2016
Today marks our first football-less NFL Sunday in quite some time, which is a little depressing to be honest. That said, let’s check out some of the numerous headlines out there from around the league.
Let’s start out today down in Miami, where we’ve got a few items to update you on. The team is looking to trim some salary and boot some dead weight from their roster, so we should se plenty of moves from the ‘Phins in the next several weeks.
DB Brent Grimes is a prime candidate for a restructuring, as he’s carrying a $9.5 million cap hit with him into 2016. The team has to pay him, as a release would cost them $3 million in dead money.
Ndamukong Suh is also a prime choice for a restructured deal, as Miami could reduce his cap number from $28.6 million to $10.4 million.
Then there’s TE Jordan Cameron, who was pretty disastrous in his single season in South Beach. He came up with just 35 grabs for 386 yards and three touchdowns and is due a $7.5 million salary if the team retains him. We’re betting they don’t.
Aqib Talib was a personal foul machine in the Super Bowl, and it’s going to cost him in the wallet. He was fined $26,044 yesterday by the league.
Talib posted two personal foul flags, one of which was a blatant facemask he afterward admitted he did on purpose. He’s got a history with discipline from the league, so it’s a bit surprising they didn’t chuck a suspension his way.
Cowboys fans can start scouting the running backs in this year’s draft, as sources close to the team are speculating that Dallas will select one with one of their first three picks.
The Cowboys are picking at No. 4 overall, and it’s doubtful we’ll see an RB picked there. That said, the second round is a prime area they could be looking at. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) will probably be gone by then, but Derrick Henry (Alabama) could still be there.
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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