NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/14/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 14, 2016
The NFL’s new league year begins tomorrow, which means there will be a lot of activity today--and even more in the coming hours. In the meantime, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there right now.
Sources close to the Cowboys are expecting DB Brandon Carr to stay in Dallas. Initially it was thought that he’d be released.
Car will get a little over $9 million in base salary this year. He hasn’t played all that well in recent years, and it’s a bit surprising that the team is expected to hang onto him.
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The Chargers and DB Casey Hayward agreed to terms yesterday. He’ll be in town on a three-year deal worth $15.3 million. $6.8 million of that is guaranteed.
Hayward was far and away the best CB on the free agent market. He will be 27 shortly after the season begins and should be a welcome addition to the secondary in San Diego.
The Cardinals re-signed TE Jermaine Gresham on a one-year deal. He is taking less in Arizona than he would get on the open market.
Gresham is more of a blocker than he is a receiving TE. He was very good during run plays in 2015 and should continue to excel in that capacity this season. Expect a focused running attack from the Cards this year.
It appears we haven’t heard the last of the Deflategate fiasco. Sources close to the Patriots say the team is expecting Tom Brady to lose his appeal and end up serving his four-game suspension after all.
We’re not sure yet when the official word will come out, but if Brady does indeed get suspended, the Pats will have to roll with Jimmy Garoppolo at QB.
The Broncos have reportedly been nosing around free agent QB Ryan Fiztpatrick, but word is that the team thinks he’s too expensive to acquire.
Fitzpatrick is looking for a bigger deal than the Jets were willing to offer, leading the team to host Robert Griffin III this past weekend. This is playing out to be quite the game of chess, and no one has blinked just yet.
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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