NFL training camp has finally arrived. Rookies have already reported to ten teams, with the remaining clubs opening camp in the next week. Here’s a look at some of the latest news in the league right now.
Bates Fails To Reach Deal With Bengals
Former All-Pro safety Jessie Bates failed to agree on a contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals before Friday’s 4 PM ET deadline. The talented defensive back had voiced his frustration with not getting an extension before his contract year and said he has no plans to attend training camp.
The Bengals have already placed a franchise tag on Bates, which he has yet to sign and would guarantee him $12.9 million in 2022. Instead, Cincinnati has proposed a five-year contract that would pay Bates $16 million per season. He is hoping to be in the salary range of eight other safeties that are paid over $20 million fully guaranteed.
He’s not obligated to attend training camp until he signs the franchise tender and could possibly sit out for the season as LeVeon Bell did in 2018 in his dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. No other player has skipped an entire season in a contract dispute since the 1990s.
Hudson Returning To Cardinals
Three-time Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson will return to the Arizona Cardinals for his second season with the team. His absence from minicamp this summer fueled speculation that he may be holding out for more money, but the Cards will have their best offensive lineman back for the 2022 season.
After picking Hudson up from the Raiders last year, he was given a three-year deal for $30 million, making him the seventh-highest paid center in the league. The contract guaranteed him $10.9 million at signing, with $16 million of the contract guaranteed for injury. The former third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs missed five games last season and was ranked 31st at his position by Pro Football Focus in 2021.
Watson Plans To Sue NFL If Suspension Is For Full Season
In a recent Tweet, NFL reporter Charles Robinson said that Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson and the NFLPA are set to sue the NFL if he is suspended for the full 2022 season. Whether Roger Goodell and the league recommend a year-long suspension has yet to be determined. Both sides are awaiting the decision of the former judge and league arbitrator Sue Robinson to hand down her decision, which should be in the next couple of weeks.
According to a source that reviewed the materials submitted by the parties to the arbitrator, Watson’s punishment is likely to be between two and eight games. However, under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, the NFL has the right to modify any suspension given by Robinson and could impose a longer ban.
Some reports have indicated that the league is looking for a suspension of at least one year for the new quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. However, if Watson takes legal action against the NFL in federal court, the case could be extended further but could allow him to play throughout the process.