NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/18/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 18, 2016
The NFL league meetings are coming up on Sunday, and in the meantime there’s plenty to talk about. Let’s check out some of the notable free agency talk and league news in our daily wrap-up.
The defending champion Broncos inked up LT Russell Okung on a five-year deal--well, technically it’s a one-year deal with a four-year option.
That’s still a big number for Okung, especially considering his injury history. He’s currently getting over a shoulder issue which caused him to have surgery.
This signing means that Ryan Clady will be the odd man out, and the team will either trade or release him. Clady missed out on all of last year with a torn ACL. He still has $19.5 million left on his contract over the next two years, so the Broncos will have to restructure and work around that for any trade.
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Anquan Boldin has been greeted with a very tepid free agent market, which is reportedly due to his high asking price.
The aging wide receiver reportedly has no plans to retire and will continue to seek out a team. He’s coming off 69 catches for 789 yards and four touchdowns over 14 games with the Ravens, and will find a home somewhere.
The Dolphins struck out again on an RB, as Chris Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals yesterday.
Johnson is coming back to Arizona as a backup, and it looks like he turned that Dolphins visit into a new deal. He’ll be behind David Johnson in the pecking order.
The Jets’ Darrelle Revis is coming off wrist surgery, but should be okay for training camp.
Revis will reportedly be wearing a cast for 8-12 weeks and won’t be able to do much in the way of off-season activities. He had to have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist, which he played with for most of the season. He’ll be back as the Jets’ top corner in 2016.
Both WR Terrelle Pryor and DB Don Jones inked their restricted free agent qualifying offers yesterday.
Both guys will make $1.67 million this season. Pryor played just 91 snaps last year and will try to carve out a role for himself in training camp.
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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