NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 11, 2016
We’ve had a busy week of free agency, and we’re set to see more action in the NFL off-season as the new league year begins in just a few days. That said, let’s take our morning look at the headlines and see who’s making news out there.
The Texans snagged RB Lamar Miller in free agency, which seems like a great pickup for Houston.
According to reports, Miller was tired of not getting enough touches in the Dolphins offense, and walked to greener pastures.
It seems like a nice fit here; Miller posted an average of only 15 touches per game in Miami during 2015. That said, he averaged a nice 8.4 YPC, which should equate to 15-20 touches each week with the Texans.
The Jets have their RB tandem set for 2016; the team signed Bilal Powell to a $11.25 million deal over three years ($6 million guaranteed).
It’s pretty comparable to new arrival Matt Forte’s salary, and the two of them will be stellar out of the backfield provided they can stay healthy (and retain Ryan Fitzpatrick). Stay tuned.
Let’s stick in New York and check out new Giants RB Keenan Robinson. The former Redskin inked a one-year deal worth a max of $3.5 million.
Robinson will be a backup with the Giants--at least initially. He has the talent to add to his career stats, but we’ll see what he can do in the Big Apple.
Heading back to the AFC East, let’s check out the Dolphins’ signing of restricted free agent C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet.
The deal is for four years at $18 million. Denver gets four more days to match it. The relationships make sense here; ‘Phins coach Adam Gase has a history with Anderson. There’s no tender attached here, and it seems like a nice pickup for Miami. Anderson can step in as the No. 1 guy and block, receive and rush to the team’s heart’s content.
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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