NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/20/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 20, 2016
Today marks the beginning of the NFL’s annual league meetings, which will stretch on for the next few days. After that, we can look forward to the off-season workouts in a couple of weeks, and of course the draft next month. In the meantime, here’s a look at a few of the headlines out there.
Sources close to the Saints are expecting the team to shell out $22 million annually on QB Drew Brees’ new contract.
The two sides haven’t started talking yet, but there doesn’t seem to be much dissention between them. Brees will be 37 when the year begins, but is still performing at a high level.
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Guard Willie Colon is still a free agent, and is considering retiring before next season. He played just six games last year.
Colon is coming off a knee injury, but was healthy in the two years before that. He’ll be 33 next month.
You can cross one potential team off the list of suitors for Broncos LT Ryan Clady. Sources close to the Jets say Gang Green isn’t interested in trading for him.
With Russell Okung coming to the Broncos in free agency, Clady becomes expendable and is now on the trading block. The Jets will be sticking with D’Brickashaw Ferguson for now, and with Clady’s mammoth salary ($19.5 million over the next two seasons), it’ll be tough to move him.
The Redskins may have to rely on RB Matt Jones a little more at the start of the 2016 season.
Jones’ backup Chris Thompson is coming off shoulder surgery in late January and will miss OTAs. He should be ready for camp, but may not be 100 percent by Week 1.
The Seahawks re-signed LB Michael Morgan yesterday. There was a short period of time where it looked like he would sign with Pittsburgh (he went to the Steelers for a visit), but he’ll be back in Seattle.
Morgan played 97 snaps in 2015, starting two games. He’ll return in a key special teams capacity.
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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