NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 15, 2016
Well, we got through the first no-football weekend we’ve had in quite some time. That’s quite an accomplishment for us NFL fans. For now, let’s check out some of the notable headlines from around the league in our daily wrap-up.
It’s looking like the Redskins are going to have to apply the franchise tag to QB Kirk Cousins, according to sources close to the team.
The ‘Skins and Cousins were reportedly nowhere close to a deal as of last month. He’s probably going to end up asking for more than $100 million at seven years or so. If tagged, he’ll cost Washington $19.7 million this year.
The Chargers’ Melvin Gordon should have a good season in 2016 if he can stay healthy. New OC Ken Whisenhunt is going to tailor the offense around him and try to boost the running game.
Gordon has solid hands (as does fellow RB Danny Woodhead), so we should see plenty of passing out of the backfield. San Diego was 30th and 31st in rushing offense the past two years.
The Broncos and LB Von Miller reportedly haven’t begun discussing a long-term contract, which lends credence to the assumption the team will be hitting him with the franchise tag.
Denver has until March 1 to tag Miller, if that’s indeed what they’re going to do. It’s a similar strategy as to what the team did with Demaryius Thomas last season.
The Bears have some work to do with impending free agent Alshon Jeffery. If he were to hit the open market, he’d be the top catch in a very shallow WR class. The Bears would franchise tag him before letting that happen.
Jeffery will likely earn a Dez Bryant-type deal; $45 million guaranteed or so. He did battle injury in 2015, but when healthy he was far and away leagues better than anything else the Bears have.
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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