NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 4, 2016
We’re creeping up on the NFL’s free agency period; the negotiating can begin in just three days. In the meantime, let’s visit with some of the headlines from around the league in our daily wrap-up.
The Colts’ TE crew is shaping up this off-season. We still don’t know which player out of Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will be retained (the team will likely only be able to afford one; each has his own strengths), but it’s looking like they’re at least trying to keep Jack Doyle on as the No. 2 guy.
The team tendered Doyle, who is a restricted free agent, and they’ll be able to match any offer he gets from another team. We’d imagine he’ll be back in Indy this season.
The Texans gave DB Rahim Moore the pink slip yesterday, signaling the end of a horrible turn of events for him.
Moore inked a three-year, $12 million deal a year ago and played just seven games before hitting the bench. Someone will likely pick him up in a deep sleeper capacity, but he’ll have to sign a one-year “prove it” deal.
In other Texans news, the team also released RB Arian Forster, who played just four games last year and has missed a whopping 23 contests over the past three seasons. The move will save Houston $6.625 million in cap room.
Foster will end up as part of a committee backfield and shouldn’t have problems finding work in that capacity. The wear-and-tear of the league is starting to show in his numbers, though.
The Ravens turned down the option for DL Chris Canty, which isn’t surprising since they needed the $2.15 million against the cap for other situations.
Canty is a great run-stuffer, but has some durability concerns after spending the last seven games of the year on injured reserve.
As expected, the Redskins hit QB Kirk Cousins with the franchise tag this week, and he immediately signed it.
This takes a little pressure off the team and gives them some additional time (July 15 is the deadline) to sign Cousins to a long-term deal. That said, they could just see what Cousins can do this year before committing to him in their long-term plans. 2016 could be a very important year for him.
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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