NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 24, 2016
The NFL’s annual league meetings have all finished up, and now we’ve got off-season workouts coming early next month as the next landmark in the off-season schedule. Let’s check out our daily headlines and see what’s happening out there.
The Eagles inked former Giants WR Reuben Randle to a one-year deal yesterday. The contract is worth just over $1 million.
$500,000 of the money is guaranteed, and with incentives he can get over $3 million. He logged eight touchdowns last year, which was a career-high. He’ll likely slot right in as the Eagles’ No. 3 receiver.
The Jets and offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson seem to be at a standoff. He says the team hasn’t contacted him since the end of this past season, which seems pretty odd to those following the Jets.
Ferguson has made three Pro Bowls and is the clear No. 1 at the left tackle position. The team seems to want him to take a pay cut, so we could get a lot of bad blood out of this situation.
The Cowboys’ Jason Garrett talked a little bit about WR Dez Bryant yesterday, saying his recovery was going “really well.”
Bryant has gone under the knife not once but twice for his ailing foot since the end of the season, but it appears like he’s getting closer to a return. He should be back on his “feet” by the time the Cowboys’ off-season stuff comes along.
According to commissioner Roger Goodell, we’re going to be getting an update on suspended WR Josh Gordon’s status in the next week or so.
Goodell says he’ll be taking some time to review the issue very soon, and there really doesn’t seem to be any indication as far as which way he’ll go.
The good news for Gordon is that he’s seemed to stay out of trouble while he’s been suspended, which will work in his favor.
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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