NFL News & Analysis

July 26 Training Camp Notes: Julio Jones signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chris Godwin ready for camp and more

Julio Jones signs a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Jones is set to join Tom Brady and a wide receiver room that already includes Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, Tyler Johnson and Breshad Perriman, among others.
  • Jones has struggled with a nagging hamstring injury over the last couple of years, missing 14 games over the last two seasons.
  • He spent last year in Tennessee and totaled 31 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown. He earned a 74.2 PFF grade, his lowest since his rookie season in 2011.
  • He put together five straight seasons with a PFF grade over 90.0 from 2015 to 2019.
  • Jones also had interest from Green Bay, according to the ESPN report.

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin won’t start camp on PUP

  • Godwin suffered a torn ACL in Week 15 of last season, so this is a great sign of where he’s at in his recovery.
  • The team plans to take a cautious approach with Godwin throughout camp, and it’s still not a sure-fire thing that he’ll be available come Week 1.
  • Godwin tallied a career-high 98 receptions last season for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns. He earned an 81.3 PFF grade.
  • Tampa rewarded him with a 3-year, $60M deal earlier this offseason.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow to have an appendectomy and miss the start of training camp

  • Burrow is unlikely to miss significant time, but the Bengals will turn to Brandon Allen and Jake Browning to run the offense to start camp.
  • The Bengals first preseason game is scheduled for August 12 against Arizona, but it’s also worth noting that Burrow played just three snaps in the preseason last year and still led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl.
  • He earned the highest overall PFF grade (91.8) among quarterbacks last season, including the playoffs.

Chicago Bears sign offensive tackle Riley Reiff

  • It’s a one-year deal worth a max. of $12.5 million, with up to $10 million in guarantees.
  • Reiff, 33, spent last season in Cincinnati and was their starting right tackle, playing 711 snaps and receiving a 67.3 PFF grade.
  • His season was cut short after 12 games due to an ankle injury.
  • Chicago will be Reiff’s third NFC North team after he spent the first five years of his career with the Lions and the next four with the Vikings.
  • Prior to this signing, Chicago ranked 31st in Mike Renner’s 2022 NFL offensive line rankings.

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson retires

  • Carson is forced to retire at the age of 27 after suffering a serious neck injury early last season.
  • Seattle selected Carson in the seventh round in 2017, and he started 48 games in five years.
  • He totaled 769 carries for 3,502 yards and 24 touchdowns and caught 107 passes for 804 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • He graded over 70.0 in all five years and never had a rushing grade under 74.0. His best season came in 2018 when he finished with an 83.2 PFF grade, sixth-best in the NFL.
  • Seattle used a second-round pick on Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker II and also re-signed Rashaad Penny to a one-year, $5.75M deal this offseason. They are poised to lead the way in Seattle’s backfield in 2022.

Kyle Shanahan announces the end of the Jimmy Garoppolo era

  • “We have moved on to Trey Lance.” Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday. “This is Trey's team.”
  • Garoppolo reported to camp and met with Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. He’s recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and the team expects him to be fully cleared in the coming weeks.
  • Shanahan told reporters that Garoppolo likely would have been traded already if not for the surgery — which happened without the team being made aware.
  • Garoppolo has a base salary of $24.2 million this season. None of it is guaranteed, so the 49ers would save $25.55 million against the cap if they trade (or cut) him. Any team acquiring Garoppolo would likely look to renegotiate his contract.
  • Meanwhile, Lance appeared in five games last season, starting two. He completed 41-of-71 attempts (57.7%) for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He finished the season with a 59.9 PFF grade.
  • In his last full season as a starter at North Dakota State, Lance earned a 90.7 PFF grade.

Veteran cornerback Buster Skrine retires

  • A fifth-round pick of the Browns in 2011, Skrine spent four years in Cleveland, four with the Jets, two in Chicago, and he also had stints in San Francisco and Tennessee.
  • Over his 11-year career, Skrine appeared in 158 games and had 590 tackles, 10 interceptions, 88 pass breakups and six forced fumbles.
  • His 64.6 PFF grade last season was second-best in his career.
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