NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/16/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 16, 2016
The new 2016 NFL league year is off and running, and in a few days we’ll be hearing all the interesting developments from the annual meetings. In the meantime, let’s visit with some of the notable players and situations out there in our daily wrap-up.
The Dolphins re-inked QB Matt Moore yesterday. He’s now getting a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.
Moore has been a backup QB in Miami for the past five years and will once again provide the team with an emergency option behind Ryan Tannehill. Moore will be 32 when the season starts.
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The Colts got some RB depth yesterday, signing journeyman Robert Turbin. He’ll compete for a roster spot this off-season and if he makes the team he’ll be seated behind Frank Gore.
The Steelers made an OL signing yesterday, getting former Bronco tackle Ryan Harris on a two-year deal worth $3.9 million.
Harris is more of a depth pickup than anything, as he wasn’t all that great in Denver last season protecting Peyton Manning.
Speaking of the Broncos, the defending champions re-signed RB C.J. Anderson (who was a restricted free agent) to a four-year deal worth $18 million.
This is something of a shocker, as Anderson seemed sure to jump ship to Miami. The Dolphins had made him an offer they though the Broncos couldn’t match, but apparently they did.
Anderson will be a heavy contributor to the Denver offense this season, as they’ve still got some quarterback issues to iron out.
The Patriots and Cardinals made a minor deal yesterday, so let’s check that one out. New England gets OG Jonathan Cooper and the No. 61 overall pick in the draft, and in exchange they’ll send DE Chandler Jones to Arizona.
Cooper was the No. 7 overall pick in 2013, but couldn’t stay on the field long enough to make much of an impact thanks to injury.
This looks like a nice pickup for the Pats, who will use Cooper as a potential starter at any of the three interior line positions.
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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