Fri Mar 31 10:45am ET
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The Atlanta Falcons announced a one-year deal with free agent defensive end Calais Campbell on Friday.
Terms were not disclosed, but NFL Network reported the contract includes a fully guaranteed $7 million base salary and up to $2 million more in incentives.
Campbell, 36, was released by the Baltimore Ravens on March 13 in a cost-cutting move. The Ravens, who cleared $6.5 million in cap space, had been hoping to re-sign Campbell on a lesser deal.
Instead, Campbell will take his six Pro Bowls and 99 career sacks to a team that has vastly improved its defense in free agency. The Falcons also added safety Jessie Bates III, defensive tackle David Onyemata and linebacker Kaden Elliss. Further, the Falcons own the No. 8 pick in the upcoming draft.
The Falcons ended 2022 ranked 23rd in the NFL in scoring defense (22.7) and 27th in total yards per game (362.1).
Campbell had 36 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 starts for the Ravens last season.
A 2017 All-Pro, Campbell was named to the Hall of Fame's All-2010s team.
Campbell was a second-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. He played for the team through the 2016 season then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent.
The Jaguars traded him to the Ravens in March 2020 for a fifth-round draft pick.
In 227 career games (208 starts), Campbell has 809 tackles (165 for loss), 237 quarterback hits, three interceptions, 57 passes defensed, 16 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries.
The Baltimore Ravens have been fairly active in the wide receiver market this offseason. They have looked into free-agent Odell Beckham Jr. and have also discussed the possibility of trading for Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Denver Broncos pass-catcher Courtland Sutton. Baltimore seems open to adding a quality outside receiver, whether they retain quarterback Lamar Jackson or not. Rashod Bateman (foot), who is coming off a serious injury in 2022, needs more help than just Nelson Agholor. The Ravens should also be expected to address the position via the draft next month, but adding a quality receiver on the outside would make this offense much more dynamic in 2023.
The Denver Broncos aren't hanging up the phone when teams call them about wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. The Broncos need picks in the draft and know they could get something of value in return for either Jeudy or Sutton. However, with a month before the draft, Denver is still asking for a lot in return. This could change as the draft draws closer, but for now, nothing is imminent. A conflicting report surfaced recently that new head coach Sean Payton isn't interested in trading the team's two best receivers, and a separate report suggest that the Broncos were asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Jeudy. If both wideouts stick around, they could be looking at bounce-back years, but they also would need quarterback Russell Wilson to play much better than he did in 2022.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles called "game on" for Baker Mayfield versus Kyle Trask at quarterback in training camp this summer. "Some competitive juice to go along with Trask. Baker's won in college, he's been to the playoffs as a pro, and he brings us a lot of leadership. I think this style of offense will fit him really well. I think it will be a good battle between him and Trask to see who will win," Bowles said when asked what Mayfield brings to the team. The Bucs seem to really be high on Trask, but Tampa will make this a straight up QB competition in training camp. Mayfield, 27, is the higher-profile signal-caller as a former first-rounder and has much more experience, as Trask has only attempted nine pass attempts in his career.
Free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has offers on the table from multiple teams, but the New York Jets are the most likely landing spot, according to a source. Beckham could be waiting to make sure the Jets complete a trade for quarterback Aaron Rodgers before finalizing his own decision. The Baltimore Ravens have also made a push for Beckham this offseason. OBJ would have a better path to playing time with the receiver-needy Ravens, but it's looking like it would be an upset at this point if the Jets don't sign him. The 30-year-old could struggle for a significant role in New York alongside the likes of receivers Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman and Corey Davis while coming off a lost 2022 season due to a torn ACL.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon said he expects wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to remain with the team. Hopkins is set to count just under $30 million against the 2023 salary cap, though, and the team would save around $9 million and carry around $21 million in dead money this year if they traded him, but the acquiring team would still be taking on $19.45 million in cash and cap for a receiver who turns 31 in June. Nuk still has something left in the tank, but ESPN's Dan Graziano couldn't find a team at the owners meetings this week that sounded willing to acquire him without Arizona eating some of the money. The Patriots were rumored to be interested, but it sounds like Hopkins' history with new offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is an impediment to a trade.
A very unscientific poll of sources that ESPN's Dan Graziano spoke with at the owners meetings this week told him that most people expect the Carolina Panthers to take Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. However, head coach Frank Reich was adamant that the team is going through the process and considering Stroud, Alabama's Bryce Young, Kentucky's Will Levis and Florida's Anthony Richardson equally. Panthers officials met with Stroud, Young and Levis at their respective Pro Days and plan to meet with Richardson this week. It would be a pretty big surprise if the Panthers didn't go with either Stroud or Young with their pick this year. Whoever they select should be the starter in Week 1.
Veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, according to a source. Peterman is a valued piece of Chicago's quarterback room and is now entering his seventh NFL season and second with the Bears. Justin Fields is the team's franchise signal-caller, but Peterman will head into this summer competing for the backup job with P.J. Walker. The 28-year-old played in three games (one start) for the Bears in 2022 and went 14-for-25 for 139 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He's played in just 13 games (five starts) over his five NFL seasons with the Bears, Buffalo Bills and Las Vegas Raiders.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has requested a trade this offseason, isn't believed to be demanding a fully guaranteed deal. It's becoming clear that no NFL team is aggressively pursuing him in a trade or preparing an offer sheet for him, and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler doesn't get the sense that the Ravens are aggressively negotiating a deal with him. Baltimore's desire to keep Jackson is a common refrain among teams, and there's also the issues of guaranteed money, multiple first-round picks required to acquire him and his durability concerns. In any event, Jackson isn't expected to sign his franchise tag anytime soon, and the two sides still have until July 17 to reach a long-term extension. Sources say that Jackson is insisting on getting more fully guaranteed money than the $230 million the Browns gave Deshaun Watson.
Dynasty | There's been no material movement in the Lamar Jackson saga Dynasty Analysis: The Ravens are in no hurry to press the issue as they can wait for other teams to set the market. That said, a loss of the superstar would compensate the Ravens with two first round selections and, to be sure, the team would need those picks in 2023 to salvage the season, meaning the NFL Draft is an important deadline. Between the two extremes of collusion and excessive compensation for a mobile quarterback who has begun to experience durability issues exists the variables for wide range of outcomes which could come down to just how disgruntled Jackson would be if forced to sign his franchise tag. For now, Jackson's QB6 ranking on DLF appears secure.
Dynasty | Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said it was "game on" when discussing who will be starting for the team in 2023 Dynasty Analysis: It looks like Trask will get a fair shot to compete with Baker Mayfield for the right to be under center when the regular season kicks off in September. Trask has all of nine total pass attempts in his two year career while being groomed behind Tom Brady. Meanwhile, Mayfield has the experience and fire to lock down the job with a decent preseason but has been unable to pilot any team well enough to be considered a long-term option. As for Trask, DLF's sparsely ranked QB41, he's worthy of a stash in deep-roster formats.
Dynasty | Head coach Zac Taylor mentioned Trayveon Williams favorably when discussing the team's need at running back Dynasty Analysis: The team has been linked to Ezekiel Elliott following the loss of Samaje Perine, but that seems to have come more from Elliott than the Bengals. Williams, entering his fifth year, has all of 47 career carries and no touchdowns but would inherit material carries should he lock down a backup role to starter Joe Mixon. While it seems unlikely to predict, it's not out of the question Williams, unranked on DLF, could see a significant rise in value as a backup option.
Dynasty | ESPN's Jeremy Fowlers says "don't sleep" on Denver's recently-signed quarterback Jarrett Stidham Dynasty Analysis: Russell Wilson is without question the starter for 2023 but Sean Payton was impressed with Stidham's limited time under center to close out 2022 while with Las Vegas, enough so that it could be interesting should Wilson struggles late into the regular season. Superflex coaches may want to consider Stidham as a stash-candidate in deeper formats on the chance he gets time as a starter. He's an extremely sparsely ranked QB52 on DLF's superflex rankings.
Dynasty | Desmond Ridder is still the starter in 2023 for the Falcons Dynasty Analysis: Listed as being "all in" on Ridder for 2023, the report should come with a footnote about the looming 2023 NFL Draft, in which the team is well positioned to move up for a top rookie or, select a fading Will Levis. By all appearances, the team will pass on selecting another rookie quarterback after signing Taylor Heinicke as backup, perhaps allowing the chips to fall where they may for 2023 and reloading for a potential selection during the upside 2024 draft. Ridder, DLF's QB25, is going to get a fair shot to be under center when the regular season kicks off in September.
The Buffalo Bills re-signed defensive tackle Jordan Phillips on Wednesday. The deal was reportedly for one year and $3 million. Phillips' 2022 campaign ended early when he required surgery on his shoulder for a torn rotator cuff, but he's expected to be ready for Week 1 of 2023. The 30-year-old played in 12 games (one start) and recorded 20 tackles (nine solo), 1.5 sacks and six QB hits for the Bills. The former second-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2015 also played in Buffalo in 2018 and 2019. In his eight NFL seasons, he has 166 tackles (110 solo), 21.5 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, 46 QB hits, one interception, 19 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 106 games (53 starts).
Texas Christian University running back KenDre Miller (knee) isn't working out at his school's Pro Day on Thursday as he recovers from an MCL injury that he suffered in the semifinal win over Michigan, but he's well ahead of schedule in his recovery and had meetings on Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots. He'll also meet with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans on Thursday. The 20-year-old's injury may not cause him to fall all that much in April's draft, but it remains to be seen how much he'll be able to do early in his rookie season in 2023. Miller is expected to come off the board on either Day 2 or 3 of the 2023 draft.
The Dallas Cowboys re-signed defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to an undisclosed one-year deal on Wednesday, according to a source. Hankins started the 2022 season with the Las Vegas Raiders before being traded to Dallas midway through the year. He finished with 20 tackles (seven solo) in 10 total games played (four starts) for both teams. The 31-year-old is likely to continue playing a rotational role on the interior of Dallas' defensive line in 2023, leaving him with virtually not IDP fantasy value. In his 10 years in the NFL, Hankins has 376 tackles (211 solo), 14.5 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, 47 QB hits, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 138 games (120 starts).
Dynasty | The Lions have signed free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones. Dynasty Analysis: Most players have wanted out of Detroit in recent years, but Jones is going back after spending two years in Jacksonville. It's a solid signing for the Lions, who have Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams penciled in as their starters. At this point in his career, Jones is likely best served as a third receiver anyway, Now 33, he has seen his ranking fall all the way down to WR94. Barring an injury or two, it's hard to see him having too much of an impact, making him very much a fringe roster player at the moment.
Dynasty | The Patriots are still pursuing an addition of DeAndre Hopkins Dynasty Analysis: It seems all but certain Hopkins will be playing for another team in short order though the aging superstar is certain to take his time to explore all options. The Patriots, by all appearances, are in an all-out blitz to add receiver help for struggling Mac Jones and an addition of Hopkins to start across from recently acquired Juju Smith-Schuster would provide a significant boost. In his age-31 season, Hopkins' dynasty value continues to slip and he's now found as DLF's WR39.
Dynasty | The Patriots continue to pursue an acquisition of Jerry Jeudy Dynasty Analysis: The Broncos have flatly denied that Jeudy and fellow receiver Courtland Sutton are on the trade block but things move fast in the NFL and it only takes a good offer to restart communications. Jeudy has yet to prove he can remain healthy for a full season but is trending in the right direction and arrows could, again, be pointing up in 2023 with Russell Wilson getting a full off-season of chemistry building with his receiver duo. As for Jeudy, he turns 24 in April and could be in a contract season should the team not elect to pick up his fifth-year option, due by May 1. Jerry Jeudy is listed as DLF's WR24.
Free-agent DE Dawuane Smoot (Jaguars) is a player the Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager Trent Baalke.