NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/17/16

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NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

March 17, 2016

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The NFL’s annual league meetings will get going this weekend, but before then we’ve still got plenty to talk about when it comes to league news. While we’re on the subject, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there.

It seems we’ve got an indication of RB Chris Johnson’s potential destination. The latest reports have him deciding between the Cardinals and the Dolphins.
Johnson was in Miami yesterday, and we’ll put them in the lead to acquire his services since he’ll probably see a heavier workload and responsibility there. Miami needs to bounce back in this free agent RB market; they lost out on C. J. Anderson already.

Martellus Bennett has a new home in New England. The Patriots got him and a sixth-round pick from Chicago in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
The Pats will eat Bennett’s $5.1 million salary and provides an immediate upgrade at TE opposite Rob Gronkowski. If Bennett can stay healthy, this will be a great pickup--he’s got the tools to excel with Tom Brady under center.

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The Browns got Dwayne Bowe off the books yesterday, which is great news to fans in Cleveland.
Bowe got $9 million in guaranteed salary last season and turned it into five catches for just 53 yards and no touchdowns. He’ll be 32 this coming season and has quite possibly played his last down in the NFL.

The Jets inked NT Steve McLendon to a three-year deal yesterday, worth a max of $12 million.
McLendon is formerly of the Steelers, and will attempt to fill the gap left by Damon Harrison, who bolted in free agency to the Giants. He won’t be a huge impact player, but should be solid enough to provide some depth and coverage at the position.

Speaking of Gang Green, ex-Jet (and ex-Dolphin) Quinton Couples signed with the Rams yesterday on a two-year deal.
Couples wasn’t able to accomplish much in the Big Apple, even though he was the No. 16 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He should be able to maximize his skill set with Los Angeles, provided they can give him a little polish as a pass rusher.

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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