The 2022 NFL season is almost here, with training camps set to start in a few weeks. It’s time for more teams to start wheeling and dealing.
RG III Eyes Return In 2022
Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III is still hoping for a return to the NFL after sitting out last season while working as a college football and NFL analyst for ESPN. Griffin told CBS 10 KWTX, “I am ready to go right now. I train every day. I throw and work out. I know what it takes to get my body ready and I am doing those things.” He added, “So if I get that call this year, next year, or five years from now, I will be ready to play.”
Griffin’s career has been hampered by injuries, including a torn ACL in his second season, and injuries in three straight years from 2014 to 2016 limited his playing time before the Cleveland Browns released him in 2017. The former number two draft pick last played in 2020 when he replaced Lamar Jackson after he was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was waived by the team a couple of months later and shortly after started his broadcasting career.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner hinted in May that some teams expressed interest after he ran a 4.48 at Rich Eisen’s annual 40-yard dash charity event. His current deal with ESPN would allow him to return to the league and explore his playing options.
Ravens Hopeful as Humphrey Returns
The Baltimore Ravens have hope after Pro Bowl linebacker Marlon Humphrey returned to the field last month. He tore his pectoral muscle last season, causing him to miss the team’s last five games. It can’t be said he had everything to do with it, but the Ravens then went on to finish with an 8-9 record, its first losing season in six years. This past May, he became the first of several Ravens to return to training.
After finishing in last place last year, the Ravens are even with the Cincinnati Bengals as the favorites to win the AFC North thanks to the return of running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, as well as offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and cornerback Marcus Peters.
However, as the minicamp was drawing to a close, Harbaugh wouldn’t commit. He said that it was too soon to say whether any of them will be ready when the Ravens start their training camp later this month.
Diontae Johnson May Be Out of Steelers’ Reach
The 49ers and Seahawks have both expressed interest in re-signing Deebo Samuel and D.K. Metcalf. Additionally, the Cardinals are ready to begin contract negotiations with Marquise Brown. However, Diontae Johnson’s offseason has taken him to a new neighborhood.
The Steelers have taken care of their top extension priority, signing Minkah Fitzpatrick to a highly-lucrative, and market-changing, deal. However, the team doesn’t appear to be ready to give Johnson an offer.
According to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, the Steelers are unlikely to go into the territory that the Commanders did for McLaurin, and the team should not be expected to pay $20 million for Johnson. This opens up the possibility of an intriguing contract year, with Johnson likely to depart as a free agent in 2023.