NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 16, 2016
We’re getting closer and closer to the NFL Scouting Combine, which is the first official activity of the off-season. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about, so let’s check in with our daily look at the headlines from around the league.
The Colts have some decisions to make at TE this off-season. Both Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are free agents, and it’s expected that the team will only retain one.
Both Fleener and Allen are pretty good tight ends, but Fleener’s ability to create mismatches in the secondary puts him ahead in the running for the Colts’ re-signing aspirations. Fleener is expected to earn a deal worth around $4 million per year.
As for Allen, he shouldn’t have trouble finding work elsewhere. He’s a competent blocker and has solid hands. He’ll be a good target for TE-needy teams in free agency.
The NFL salary cap is expected to take a notable jump forward once again in the 2016 league year. Early estimates have it increasing to at least $155 million.
The cap was $143.28 million in 2015, and with the league raking in more revenue year after year this isn’t much of a surprise. Let the spending begin.
Beginning today, the Jets have two weeks to decide if they’re placing the franchise tag on DL Muhammad Wilkerson, and the general thinking around the team is that they will be doing so.
Putting the tag on Wilkerson will cost roughly $15.5 million, and New York will have to trim some salary to fit him in. That said, if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal, there have been rumors that the Jets would consider trading Wilkerson.
Speaking of salary in the AFC East, the Dolphins are dumping some dough off their roster right now, at least partially in an effort to clear room for a long-term deal with RB Lamar Miller.
Miller is heading into free agency this year, and will be a hot commodity if he hits the open market. He’ll get around $5 million or so per year, but the Dolphins may not want to wrap that much salary up in him with Jay Ajayi on the roster already.
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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