NFL News: Player News and Updates for 3/25/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 25, 2016
Our next NFL off-season marker will be coming early next month, when some teams can begin their annual workouts. Before we get into that, let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what’s going on out there.
The Bills re-inked WR Leonard Hankerson yesterday. He’s back in town on a one-year deal.
Buffalo got Hankerson off waivers from the Pats in the last week of 2015. There’s actually a decent chance that he makes the roster with the Bills.
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Sources close to the Jets say the team is not going after free agent QB Colin Kaepernick. That should put to rest some of the rumors out there about his association with New York.
The Jets seem content to keep trying to get a deal done with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had a stellar year for the team in 2015. If that doesn’t happen, the whole Kaepernick thing may take on a whole new facet.
An ongoing storyline in New Orleans this off-season has been the Drew Brees contract situation. According to the man himself, he believes a deal will get done in the very near future.
That said, Brees’ cap number is a whopping $30 million, which is the highest in the NFL. The team simply doesn’t have any space to accommodate much of anything, so many sources believe that $22 million will be around about the annual cost of his new contract. This will in all likelihood be Brees’ last payday as a professional football player, however, so he’ll be trying to get as much as possible.
Yesterday, word broke that the Patriots had signed free agent WR Nate Washington. He was formerly of Houston.
By all indications, New England was the only place Washington visited with during his free agency. He’s coming off a pretty good campaign with the Texans, however, with 47 catches for 658 yards and four scores. New England is as good a place for him to be as any.
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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