NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/8/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 8, 2016
Free agency negotiations are off and running in this NFL off-season, and we’ll be seeing lots of important developments in the coming days. That said, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there right now.
The Broncos’ Brandon Marshall is a restricted free agent, but the team is likely to be getting some competition for his services next year.
The Dolphins and the Seahawks are reportedly both interested in Marshall, but with a second-round tender attached to him they’d have to give up a pick to get him. He’s coming off a nice season with 102 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
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The Vikings are supposedly going to jettison WR Mike Wallace within the next couple of days, according to sources close to the team.
Wallace is guaranteed $23 million over the next couple of seasons, so this is a financial decision more than anything. He’s coming off a 39-catch season for 473 yards and two touchdowns, but in a crummy WR free agency market Wallace will not have much trouble finding a home.
The top free agent guard on the market is former Raven Kelechi Osemele. He’s expected to get in excess of $10 million per year on this next contract.
The Raiders are the favorites to land Osemele right now, and if they can pull that off the team will have a very impressive offensive front.
Ex-Bengal Adam Jones will be testing the free agency waters, and he’s getting some looks already.
Jones has been tagged alongside the Ravens, Browns and Dolphins, who all appear interested in acquiring his services.
Jones will be 33 this year, but hasn’t slowed down much over the past couple of seasons. He’d be a featured starter wherever he goes and should pull in a nice payday.
The Colts re-signed TE Dwayne Allen last night, which comes as something as a shock. He signed a four-year, $29.4 million deal.
Just about everyone expected Allen to leave in free agency after catching just 16 balls last year. This will make it tough for Indy to retain Coby Fleener as well, so he’ll be a guy to watch this week.
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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