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Franchise and Transition Players Named

Franchise and Transition player designations were announced today for the 2014 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.

The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period on May 2; or (ii) the amount of the Required Tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the Required Tender for such a player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

If a club extends a Required Tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

The signing period for franchise players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 11 and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 11).

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Two Dates Added to 2014 NFL Regional Combines Schedule


Two dates have been added to the 2014 NFL Regional Combines schedule, the NFL announced today. The additional dates are Sunday, March 23 at the Miami Dolphins’ Doctors Hospital Training Facility and Sunday, March 30 at the Indianapolis Colts’ Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. NFL Regional Combines, hosted throughout the country, serve as a supplement to the NFL’s National Scouting Combine and provide an opportunity for players to display their skills before veteran NFL talent evaluators.

NFL Regional Combines are conducted specifically for the following players:

  • Players eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft but not attending the National Scouting Combine
  • Players who were eligible for a prior draft, but never signed a contract
  • Players with some pro playing experience, but who have been out of the game for a period of time

Players are tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel, and measurements and combine results are compiled and entered into a database available to all 32 NFL clubs.

Standouts at NFL Regional Combines will be invited to attend the NFL Super Regional Combine. At the Super Regional, players will have an additional opportunity to work out and showcase their talents in front of current NFL team scouts and player personnel directors.

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The 2014 Regional Combines Schedule:

Date Location Facility
March 1 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Facility
March 8-9 Atlanta Atlanta Falcons Training Facility
March 15 Chicago Halas Hall at Conway Park
March 22-23 Miami Doctors Hospital Training Facility
March 22-23** Seattle Virginia Mason Athletic Center
March 29-30 Indianapolis Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
March 29-30 Baltimore Under Armour Performance Center
April 12-13* Detroit Ford Field
*2014 Super Regional Combine (by invitation only)
**Kickers and Punters Combine (March 23)

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Order

Following is the 2014 NFL Draft first round order.

The Dallas Cowboys will select 16th and the Baltimore Ravens 17th, following the coin flip held today at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The first round will start on Thursday, May 8 with the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, May 10. The 2014 Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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2014 NFL Combine: Club Personnel Media Availability

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 Thursday, February 20

9:45 AM          Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins Head Coach

10:00 AM        Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears Head Coach

10:15 AM        Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager

10:30 AM        Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans Head Coach

10:45 AM        Ruston Webster, Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President/General Manager

11:00 AM        Phil Emery, Chicago Bears General Manager

11:15 AM        Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach

11:30 AM        Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager

11:45 AM        Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons Head Coach

Noon        Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions Head Coach

12:15 PM        Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach

12:30 PM        Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers General Manager

12:45 PM        John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach

1:00 PM        Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach

1:15 PM        Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager

1:30 PM        David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager

1:45 PM        Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders Head Coach

2:00 PM        Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager

2:15 PM        Dennis Hickey, Miami Dolphins General Manager

2:30 PM        Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles General Manager

2:45 PM        Rex Ryan, New York Jets Head Coach

3:00 PM        John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager

3:15 PM        Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach

3:30 PM        Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers General Manager

4:00 PM        Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

4:30 PM        John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Order

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Super Bowl Gameday Information For Spectators

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Super Bowl XLVIII Capsule

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Preview

Two teams. One game. It all comes down to this.

On Sunday, February 2, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII (6:25 PM ET, FOX) at MetLife Stadium in the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl.

For only the second time in the past 20 seasons, the game will feature the No. 1 seed in each conference (Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis in the 2009 season).

“It doesn’t happen like this too often when both No. 1 seeds make it,” says Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN. “It’s a testament to the hard work of both teams and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic game.”

Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the NFL’s top offense (Denver) against the league’s best defense (Seattle).

“We wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Sherman. “They’re an unbelievable record-setting offense with a Hall of Fame quarterback (PEYTON MANNING). That’s as tough as it gets. The No. 1 defense against the No. 1 offense.”

The Broncos led the NFL with 606 points scored while the Seahawks allowed a league-low 231 points. Since the 1970 merger, this is only the fifth Super Bowl – and first since 1990 (Super Bowl XXV) – in which the league’s highest-scoring team faced the club that allowed the fewest points.

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Pro Bowl Draft Selections – Day 1

– Alumni Captains Jerry Rice & Deion Sanders Make Day 1 Draft Selections –

The initial draft selections for the 2014 Pro Bowl were made on Tuesday by the alumni team captains, Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS.

Rice won a coin toss at Tuesday’s press conference and elected to choose New Orleans Saints QB DREW BREES and St. Louis Rams DE ROBERT QUINN, the active player captains, to help determine the roster as the first members of Team Rice.

The other selections made by Team Rice on Tuesday were Dallas Cowboys DT JASON HATCHER, Buffalo Bills DT MARCELL DAREUS, Buffalo Bills DT KYLE WILLIAMS, New Orleans Saints G JAHRI EVANS, New Orleans Saints G BEN GRUBBS, Philadelphia Eagles G EVAN MATHIS, Carolina Panthers C RYAN KALIL, N.Y. Jets C NICK MANGOLD, Carolina Panthers FB MIKE TOLBERT, Arizona Cardinals ST JUSTIN BETHEL, St. Louis Rams P JOHNNY HEKKER and Indianapolis Colts LS MATT OVERTON.

Kansas City Chiefs RB JAMAAL CHARLES and Houston Texans DE J.J. WATT joined Team Sanders as the active player captains, with Team Sanders also being awarded the top pick in the draft on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The selections made by Team Sanders on Tuesday were Detroit Lions DT NDAMUKONG SUH, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT GERALD McCOY, Kansas City Chiefs DT DONTARI POE, Baltimore Ravens G MARSHAL YANDA, New England Patriots G LOGAN MANKINS, Chicago Bears G KYLE LONG, Miami Dolphins C MIKE POUNCEY, Cleveland Browns C ALEX MACK, Oakland Raiders FB MARCEL REECE, New England Patriots ST MATTHEW SLATER, Miami Dolphins P BRANDON FIELDS and Carolina Panthers LS J.J. JANSEN.

The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will continue with 60 players still to be selected during a nationally televised three-hour primetime broadcast on NFL Network at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, January 22. Players selected on Tuesday will kick off Wednesday night’s live primetime draft show by walking the red carpet. Taped elements of Tuesday’s draft process also will be featured.

The 2014 Pro Bowl Draft is being held in Kapolei, Hawaii on the grounds of Lanikuhonua, adjacent to the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show.

The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be televised live on Sunday, January 26, on NBC at 7:00 PM ET.

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NFL Stars Take Center Stage in New-And-Improved Pro Bowl

– New “Unconferenced” Pro Bowl Format Culminates with Stars Being Realigned on Pro Bowl Draft Show on NFL Network –

The 2014 Pro Bowl, featuring a significantly revised format, will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

For the first time, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules have been changed for added excitement. Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

The 2014 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on January 21-22 with primetime broadcasts on NFL Network on Tuesday (8:00-9:00 PM ET) and Wednesday (8:00-11:00 PM ET).

Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS will serve as alumni team captains for the Pro Bowl squads and have final say over draft decisions. The NFL legends will each be assisted by two active player captains and one fantasy football champion in the draft process.

The Pro Bowl Draft will be held in Kapolei, HI on the grounds of Lanikuhonua, adjacent to the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show. On Tuesday, January 21, 22 players (11 per team) will be drafted from certain position groups – guards, centers, fullbacks, interior defensive linemen, punters and special teamers. The remaining players will be drafted on Wednesday during NFL Network’s live broadcast.

Fans can follow along with every pick of the Pro Bowl Draft in an exclusive second screen experience at Browse selected Pro Bowl players, view up-to-the-minute team rosters and weigh in on who should be the next pick. Post-draft, an interactive depth chart will preview all of the best matchups leading up to game day.

The 44-man teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 18 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper.  Team Sanders will be led by CHUCK PAGANO and the coaches from the Indianapolis Colts while RON RIVERA and the Carolina Panthers’ coaching staff will guide the Team Rice Pro Bowl squad.

The NFL is the only professional sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players in determining its All-Star teams. The consensus vote of each group counts one-third towards the total. Each team submits two ballots – those of the coach and the players with no one permitted to vote for a player on his own team. This year, more than 100 million fan votes were cast on and mobile devices.

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