NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/24/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 24, 2016
We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to NFL off-season activities. Let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what’s going on out there.
The Texans’ J.J. Watt is recovering from a sports hernia surgery he had last month, but says he is back to training in full.
Watt should be just fine for the Texans’ off-season program. He’s coming off another nice year, racking up his third Defensive Player of the Year award.
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Redskins brass suggested yesterday that QB Robert Griffin III will not be with the team in 2016. All indications are that the two sides will be parting ways this off-season.
President Bruce Allen seemed to be clinging to the hope that the ‘Skins will be able to trade RG3, but that pipe dream won’t occur with the fat contract he’s got. Griffin would have to renegotiate his option, which stands just north of $16 million, and that’s not going to happen. Looks like it'll be an outright release.
Sources close to the Cowboys say that QB Tony Romo is probably going to have surgery on his left collarbone.
The procedure is called a “Mumford,” and entails removing a portion of the collarbone. Romo would miss quite a bit of the off-season activities if he does indeed go under the knife. He’s broken that collarbone three times in six years and will turn 36 in April. He doesn’t seem to have too much tread left on the proverbial tires.
The 49ers re-signed TE Garrett Celek to a four-year deal yesterday. He was headed for free agency.
Celek is basically just a blocking tight end, but is getting $14 million on this deal with just about $5 million guaranteed.
The Jets are likely to release WR Jeremy Kerley this off-season; they can save $2.5 million as a post-June 1 cut there.
Kerley has had his moments during his Jets tenure, but has continued to see his offensive role diminish.
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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