nfl 2014 News and Updates
3/4/14 - The deadline to apply a franchise tag to players closed this Monday, and six players were granted deals before free agency. The Redskins used theirs on LB Brian Orakpo, the Panthers on TE Greg Hardy, the NY Jets on kicker Nick Folk and the biggest tag was placed by the Saints on Jimmy Graham. Still, Graham is expected to file a grievance on his non-exclusive tag, as he hoped to be tagged as a wide receiver and not a tight end (there is a $5.277 million difference between the positions). New Orleans is likely to lock-in their TE who is looking for about $12 million per season, while other players now on the open market after the deadline are Buffalo's Jairus Byrd and Seattle's Michael Bennett. Another player looking for a better deal is Colin Kaepernick, who feels his two playoff wins in less than two years should award him a seriously pay increase: the QB is interested in more than the $18.2 million annual that Cutler received in January, and is willing to play out his 2014 season with his current $973,766 salary and cashing in as a free agent next year. With free agency less than a week away and the NFL salary cap growth to $133 million (much higher than anticipated), make sure you stay updated during this exciting offseason!
2/28/14 - The always highly-anticipated NFL Combine is complete with the biggest newsmakers being Jadeveon Clowney’s 40-time of 4.53 wowing scouts, Johnny Manziel not measuring up to the 6-foot mark he said he would (he measured in at 5’11 ¾”) and the great offensive tackle class. Missouri DE Michael Sam made headlines of his own just before the combine by announcing that he is gay and will look to make history as the first openly gay NFL player. Important dates are May 8-10 draft, July 24th for training camps, and regular season kickoff September 5th. Fans are eagerly awaiting the 2014 regular season schedule which is due out in April.
2/19/14 - With a record-breaking 2013 season in the books, we move on into an exciting offseason that's filled with expectations, questions and concerns. The NFL is currently in franchise-tag mode, where teams can choose from three different tags (exclusive, non-exclusive, transition) to apply to players entering free agency. The franchise tag window is open from 2/17-3/3, see which team locks their key player in for the next year! All eyes are on the Saints to see if they secure their athletic TE, Jimmy Graham.
The pros aren't the only ones making headlines this offseason, as the NFL Combine has officially begun. Top prospects from the NCAAF will start practicing this Saturday, and give their all through team interviews, rigorous on-field drills, and health evaluations, with hopes of impressing some of the hundreds of scouts who will determine their future come Draft Day. Of the 331 NFL hopefuls invited to the Scouting Combine last year, 109 went undrafted and 32 went in the first round. This year, the QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Jadeveon Clowney, CB Loucheiz Purifoy and QB Johnny Manziel are just some of the remarkable athletes who will partake in the Combine. The NFL Draft commences May 8- 10, and the Houston Texans will be the first team to select.
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