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NFL Mourns a Loss as Teams Continue to Prepare

There’s lots of activity during the NFL offseason, with teams primarily focusing on narrowing down potential picks for the upcoming draft next month on April 28. Here’s a look at some of the recent news around the league: 

OSU to Honor Haskins at Spring Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dwayne Haskins was killed this past Saturday as he attempted to cross a busy highway in South Florida. Ohio State University’s football program will honor the late former quarterback at their annual spring game on April 16.

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Haskins was in Florida working out with a few Steelers teammates and was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when he was struck by a dump truck. It’s unknown why he was walking on the highway and attempted to cross at around 6:30 AM.

Haskins set records at Ohio State in 2018 for single-season passing yards and touchdown passes. They finished that season with a 13-1 record and a victory in the Rose Bowl. He was third in voting for the Heisman Trophy and was drafted by Washington before being picked up by the Steelers in 2020. He recently resigned with them and was set to compete for positions on the team’s depth chart at quarterback in 2022.

Gronk Only Interested In Bucs If He Returns

One of the questions yet to be answered for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, including if Rob Gronkowski will return for one more season with the team. With Tom Brady returning and a new head coach, everything is already in place for the team to make another deep run into the postseason. However, Gronk is a free agent and is in no hurry to decide if he’s coming back for his 12th season in 2022. 

Gronkowski first retired after the 2018 campaign after nine seasons with the New England Patriots but decided to join Tom Brady in Tampa the following year. He was an essential part of the Bucs ‘ postseasons in the last two years, including a victory in the Super Bowl in 2020.  He will likely not decide closer to the start of training camp in July but has said the only place he will likely play is in Tampa Bay in 2022. 

Campbell Re-signs with Ravens for Two More Seasons

The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell to a two-year, $12.5 million contract, which could be worth as much as $16.5 million with incentives. Campbell was one of the top free agents available before agreeing to his new contract with Baltimore. He came over to the Ravens in 2020 from the Jaguars and missed just one start since then. Following the 2020 season, the 35-year old was named to his sixth Pro Bowl. 

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Campbell needs 6.5 sacks to reach 100 for his career and is likely to end his career as a Raven. However, the 12-year veteran is looking forward to making another run at the postseason and having a chance at his first Super Bowl title.  

He said he wasn’t interested in retiring in the offseason and was inspired to continue playing in the league by watching this past Super Bowl. He will continue to anchor the defense along with Michael Pierce, Justin Madubuike, Odafe Oweh and Derek Wolfe and will be stars for the Ravens as part of their solid defensive line. 

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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