NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/12/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 12, 2016
It’s our final weekend before the new NFL year begins, and there’s plenty to talk about in today’s headlines. Let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there and see what’s happening.
The Buccaneers added DE Robert Ayers yesterday. He agreed on a three-year, $21 million deal with the team.
Ayers will get $10.5 million guaranteed, thanks mostly to a great 2015 in which he posted a career-high 9.5 sacks. He’ll be turning 31 this year, however.
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The Patriots signed WR Chris Hogan yesterday. He will get three years at $12 million. The Bills get no compensation for him leaving.
Hogan is a slot guy, and likely an insurance policy signing behind the injury-prone Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.
The Eagles continued to purge their roster yesterday, trading away QB Mark Sanchez to the Broncos for a conditional seventh-round draft pick next year.
Sanchez posted a 4-6 record with the Eagles over the past couple of years, logging 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. That said, he’s a solid backup in Denver, so they’re set as far as that’s concerned.
The Redskins are reportedly going to pick back up on the Kirk Cousins long-term deal talk once the craziness of free agency subsides.
The two sides still have some time before the July 15 deadline, but Cousins seems like he’ll be okay getting just under $20 million as a franchise guy this year and hitting the open market in 2017.
No surprise here: the Browns waived troubled QB Johnny Manziel yesterday, the latest mark on his record.
Manziel has all sorts of legal trouble to wade through, and right now football should be the least of his worries. He’ll have to get all the off-the-field stuff cleared up before any NFL teams will even look at 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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