NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/17/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 17, 2016
Franchise tag talk is heating up in the NFL, and pretty soon we’ll be discussing free agency as well. There’s plenty to go over this morning in off-season news, so let’s check in on some of the headlines out there right now.
The Cowboys are expected to cut the cord with DB Morris Claiborne. He’s played in just 40 games over four seasons and hasn’t been the difference-maker the team had hoped.
Claiborne was picked at No. 6 overall back in 2012 and has gone downhill since then. He’ll have to work to find a new home in free agency.
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The Seahawks are reportedly going to try to re-sign WR Jermaine Kearse, which makes sense. He’s coming off a career year, logging 49 catches, 685 yards and five touchdowns.
Kearse will likely find a lot of interest in free agency, and he’s said he won’t give the Seahawks the proverbial hometown discount. He should get around $4 million per year in a weak free agent market for wide receivers.
The Ravens have until the first of March to lock up a long-term deal with kicker Justin Tucker. If they can’t come to an agreement, the team will likely use the franchise tag on him.
Tucker’s franchise tag would cost around $4.5 million, which isn’t that bad considering how good of a kicker he is. The team will make every effort to get him a long-term deal before camp.
The Eagles aren’t expected to use the franchise tag on QB Sam Bradford, who will be a free agent this off-season.
There had been some questions surrounding Bradford’s future in Philly, but it seems the price tag is just too high to retain him. The tag would cost around $20 million in cap space, which would hamstring their free agency activities.
The Redskins’ Terrance Knighton isn’t expected to return to Washington at this point, according to sources close to the team.
Knighton needs to lose weight, and there are a few other nose tackles going into free agency this season who would outrank him on teams’ wish lists. The Redskins allowed 4.23 YPC with Knighton last season, which is not a good 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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