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NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags

NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags
The deadline for NFL teams to designate veteran free agents with either the franchise or transition player tags passed on Monday with a total of 6 players receiving labels.

Photo – TE Jimmy Graham - Saints

Franchise Tags
All Players were non-exclusive Franchised players

TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans
DE Greg Hardy - Carolina
DE/LB Brian Orakpo - Washington
PK Nick Folk - Jets

The cost for any signing club for a franchised player with the non-exclusive tag would be two first-round picks, and the current club would hold the right to match the offer.

Transitional Players
C Alex Mack - Cleveland
LB Jason Worilds - Pittsburgh

Meanwhile, Mack and Worilds are able to sign offer sheets with other teams which the Browns or Steelers can match respectively to keep the player. However, if the offer sheets aren’t matched there is no compensation for their clubs. The transition designation gives teams five days to match any prospective offers. The salary cap numbers for Transitional players is approximately 20% lower than a Franchise tag at the same position.

NFL Free Agency begins March 11th. New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap will be part of March NFL Free Agency Report – out this weekend.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL 2014 Postseason Calendar - Clubs Franchise Players - Deadline Monday - New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap

NFL Postseason Calendar

NFL Free Agency & Trading Period Begins March 11th
Feb. 17 thru March 3rd: Time Period NFL clubs have to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Photo – OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

March 2014
March 1 - NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia March 8-11: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 11
March 11: New NFL League year, Veteran Free Agency begins
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of FA credit
March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET
March 11 - Trading period for 2014 begins , New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 15 - NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
March 22-23 - NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
March 23-26: NFL Owners Meeting - Orlando, Fla.
March 29 - NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 - NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 - Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft 2014 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
May 8th - First round / May 9th - Rounds 2&3 / May 10th - Rounds 4 thru 7

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Offensive Tackles Head NFL Combine Warriors

NFL Combine 2014 - Top Winners and Losers From NFL Combine
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Offensive Tackles Head Workout Warriors

Photo – OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan

Winners
Running Backs

*Bishop Sankey, Washington
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

Receivers
*Sammy Watkins, Clemson
*Odell Beckham, LSU
*Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
*Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State

Tight Ends
*Eric Ebron, North Carolina

Tackles
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
*Greg Robinson, Auburn

Defensive Players
Ends

*Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Tackles
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Linebackers
Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

Defensive Backs
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Keith McGill, Utah
Phillip Gaines, Rice
*Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Terrence Brooks, Florida State

Losers - Offensive Players
Running Backs

*Jeremy Hill, LSU
*James Wilder, Florida State

Receivers
*Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
*Jarvis Landry, LSU

Tackles
*Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Anthony Richardson, Tennessee

Defensive Players
Linemen

Will Sutton, Arizona State

Linebackers
*Yawin Smallwood, UConn

Backs
*Marcus Roberson, Florida
*Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
Dion Bailey, Southern California
Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

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NFL Combine 2014 -Defensive Players To Watch at Workouts

NFL Combine 2014
Defensive Players To Watch at Combine Weekend Workouts
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Photo – DE Kony Ealy - Missouri

Defensive Players
Ends

* Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Rare athlete looks to light up the sprints.

* Scott Crichton, Oregon State
Relentless edge rusher pushing into the early round.

* Kony Ealy, Missouri
Versatile athlete has impact talent.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Tweener type needs to impress in agility drills.

Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Big athlete has impressed this offseason.

Tackles
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Big All-star efforts puts him in the first round discussion.

* Ego Ferguson, Louisiana State
Strong workout puts him in the first round

Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota
Top tackle entering the NFL Combine.

* Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Explosive interior defender hopes to solidify an early grade here.

* Anthony Johnson, LSU
Underachiever needs a strong performance here.

Linebackers
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Junior looks to impress in drills to move up charts.

Trevor Reilly, Utah
Tough tweener edge rusher needs strong agility drills to convert to playing up.

Devon Kennard, Southern California
Underrated tweener needs a big workout.

*Yawin Smallwood, UConn
Junior hopes to impress with his overall athleticism.

Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
Versatile defender has come on strong this season.

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NFL Combine 2014 - Skilled Position Players To Watch at Weekend Workouts

NFL Combine 2014
Skilled Position Players To Watch at Combine Weekend Workouts
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Photo – QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois

Quarterbacks
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Big All-star efforts put him in spotlight here.

Jeff Mathews, Cornell
One of the better arms in this class.

A.J. McCarron, Alabama
Imperative he throws well after passing on Senior Bowl week.

Stephen Morris, Miami
Hopes to recover from a disappointing senior season.

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Biggest enigma in this draft class.

Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M
Strong armed athlete could rise off a big performance here.

Running Backs
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Talented back hopes to shine in the spotlight.

* Devonta Freeman, Florida State
Hopes to join the upper echelon of backs in workout.

* Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Capable of running a big number.

* Terrance West, Towson
Hopes to impress with a big workout.

* Kapri Bibbs, Colorado St
Tough runner should shine in drills.

* Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
Faces key questions at interviews.

Tight Ends
* Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Imposing athlete with the complete package.

* Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Fast receiver could light up the sprint events.

* Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Huge athlete with physical skills to excel.

Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
Athletic prospect could excel in workouts.

* Xavier Grimble, Southern California
Teams hustling to scout this athlete.

Jordan Najvar, Baylor
Athlete with well rounded talent.

* Richard Rodgers, California
Quick receiver could rise off a big workout.

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NFL Scouting Combine 2014 Opens Today

NFL Scouting Combine 2014 Schedule
NFL Combine - Feb. 19-25, 2014 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In

Photo – CB Loucheiz Purifoy - Florida

This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine weeklong event.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Schedule
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)

Wednesday - February 19, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday - February 20, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday - February 21, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday - February 22, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
Thursday - February 20, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - February 21, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday - February 22, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - February 23, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Friday - February 21, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - February 22, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday - February 23, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - February 24, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: █ Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Saturday - February 22, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Sunday - February 23, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Monday - February 24, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Tuesday - February 25, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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Defensive Pro Prospects - Pre NFL Combine Rankings - NFL Draft 2014

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2014
Pre-NFL Combine 2014 Rankings / * underclassmen

Photo – DT Timmy Jernigan - Florida St

Defensive Prospects
Ends:

1. *Jadeveon Clowney, 6-6, 270 - South Carolina
2. * Stephon Tuitt, 6-5, 305 - Notre Dame
3. Trent Murphy, 6-5, 265 - Stanford
4. * Kony Ealy, 6-5, 275 - Missouri
5. Jackson Jeffcoat, 6-5, 255 - Texas
6. * Scott Crichton, 6-3, 260 - Oregon St
7. Kareem Martin, 6-5, 260 - North Carolina
8. Chris Smith, 6-3, 265 - Arkansas
9. * George Uko - 6-2 275 - Southern Cal
10. Michael Sam, 6-2, 255 - Missouri

Defensive Tackles:
1. * Louis Nix, 6-2, 330 - Notre Dame
2. * Timmy Jernigan, 6-2, 295 - Florida St
3. Ra'Shede Hageman, 6-5, 310 - Minnesota
4. * Anthony Johnson, 6-3, 305 - LSU
5. Aaron Donald, 6-0, 275 - Pittsburgh
6. * Ego Ferguson - 6-2, 300 - LSU
7. Will Sutton, 6-1, 305 - Arizona St
8. DaQuan Jones, 6-4, 300 - Penn St
9. * Kelcy Quarles, 6-3, 300 - South Carolina
10. Deandre Coleman, 6-5, 320 - California

Outside Linebackers:
1. Anthony Barr, 6-4, 245 - UCLA
2. Khalil Mack, 6-3, 245 - Buffalo
3. C.J. Mosley, 6-2, 235 - Alabama
4. * Ryan Shazier, 6-0, 225 - Ohio St
5. Kyle Van Noy, 6-3, 235 - BYU
6. Dee Ford, 6-2, 240 - Auburn
7. Trevor Reilly, 6-4, 245 - Utah
8. Christian Jones, 6-3, 235 - Florida St
9. Jeremiah Attaochu, 6-3, 245 - Georgia Tech
10. * Carl Bradford, 6-0, 245 - Arizona St

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