NFL News 3/29/16: Will the Titans Trade the Number 1 Draft Pick?
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
March 29, 2016
Off-season workouts in the NFL will be starting in just a matter of days, and after that we’ve got the draft to look forward to late next month. That said, let’s check out some of the headlines from around the league in our daily wrap-up.
Let's start today by checking out some draft rumors. Titans GM Joe Robinson has been open in recent weeks about the team’s willingness to trade the No. 1 overall pick if they can move down and get some more selections.
If the Titans are indeed able to trade down, the most likely scenario is that a team in need of a quarterback moves up to get either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. Cleveland currently sits at No. 2 overall, and they’re almost assuredly going to take a QB with their pick.
If Tennessee does end up picking at that No. 1 spot, they’ll in all likelihood draft LT Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss. He seems to be the only potential non-quarterback lock to go at number one in the draft.
Things will heat up this month as we get closer to draft time, but as of right now there are plenty of interesting scenarios that could play out in the next few weeks.
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Dolphins fans will have to wait a while to see what the team is going to do with free agent Arian Foster.
The ex-Texan reportedly is not going to sign any contract until he’s 100 percent healthy (he’s currently getting back from his Achilles injury). That means he won’t be committing to a team until late May at the earliest. That said, a solid offer from the Dolphins could lure him into a signing sooner.
In other RB free agent news, the Packers have reportedly been kicking the tires on ex-Bronco Ronnie Hillman.
The Packers are notoriously frugal in free agency, but they could get Hillman on the cheap after being passed over by the entire league on the open market. The team has James Starks and Eddie Lacy already, but Hillman could fill out that lineup nicely if they get him for a low cost.
Yesterday, the Packers inked former Rams TE Jared Cook to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million. He can earn another $900K with incentives.
Cook has some great raw skills, and could fit well in Green Bay working the seam routes. He’s never had an elite QB throwing him the ball, so we could see a nice up-tick in production from him this season.
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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