NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 25, 2016
The NFL Scouting Combine is in full swing, and we’ve got all sorts of news coming in from all over the league. In the meantime, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations in our daily wrap-up.
Let’s start out today with a couple of Panthers items. First off, sources close to the team are reporting that WR Kelvin Benjamin is getting along well in his rehab from that season-ending knee injury. He’s currently doing light running and cutting work, but still has a ways to go before getting back to 100 percent.
Then there’s DB Josh Norman. His agent is set to meet with team brass this week as they try to figure out what moves they’re going to make. Here’s the deal: if the team doesn’t reach a long-term agreement with Norman by the first of March, they’ll slap the franchise tag on him.
The Redskins’ Matt Jones reportedly underwent minor off-season surgery on his groin. He’s expected to be ready for the OTA stuff, however.
Washington is expecting Jones to jump in as the team’s No. 1 running back. He should be able to take another step forward this year.
Good news for the Bears’ Kevin White. He’s reportedly going to be 100 percent by the time the OTAs roll around.
White missed out on the entire 2015 campaign with a stress fracture in his shin, so the Bears have to wait an entire year to try him out alongside Alshon Jeffery. White was picked at No. 7 overall in last year’s draft and should be a great player.
Free agency won’t be starting for another few weeks, but that doesn’t stop the news from coming in about potential interest.
Browns WR Travis Benjamin, who will headline a lukewarm receiver class in free agency, is reportedly drawing interest from both the Falcons and the Chargers. Benjamin had been close to re-signing in Cleveland, but ultimately the talks went nowhere.
The Steelers’ LeVeon Bell apparently still has quite a ways to go from his MCL/PCL injury. Team brass didn’t offer much information regarding his potential status for the start of the season this week.
Bell was hurt back on the first of November, and still wasn’t cleared for running as recently as the first week of this month.
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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