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NFL News and Notes for Saturday, June 25, 2022

As we continually inch towards the beginning of the regular season, teams around the NFL continue to try to shape their rosters ahead of training camps. With roster decisions still being made, there is plenty of news around the league.

Here are some of the biggest stories from the NFL over the last week.

Rob Gronkowski Retiring…Again

According to NFL reporter Jordan Schultz, it appears that tight end Rob Gronkowski’s time in the NFL may be coming to a close.

The 33-year-old Gronkowski retired after the 2018 season, but he returned to play in 202 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helping the team to a Super Bowl that season.

Last year, with Tampa Bay, Gronkowski played in 12 games, hauling in 55 receptions for 802 yards and six touchdowns.

While his longtime teammate Tom Brady has decided to return for another year with the Buccaneers, it does not appear that Gronkowski will do the same. If this is it for the future Hall-of-Fame tight end, he ends his career with 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns.

For Tampa Bay, they currently have the second-best odds, behind only the Buffalo Bills, of winning the Super Bowl at +750.

Steelers Sign Ogunjobi

After having his deal with the Chicago Bears fall through due to a failed physical earlier in the offseason, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi has found a new home. First reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 28-year-old will be playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers this upcoming season.

Ogunjobi’s season was cut short last year with the Cincinnati Bengals due to a foot injury. Still, in 16 games, he had 49 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, and seven sacks for the Bengals.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers expect that he will be able to return from his foot surgery in time for training camp.

If so, he will try to help a defense that ranked 22nd in scoring defense last year, allowing 24.4 points per game to opponents.

The Steelers have the worst odds of winning the AFC North at +850, and they are +8000 to win the Super Bowl this season.

Suh Not Retiring

While Ogunjobi was able to solidify a deal, another defensive tackle remains a free agent as Ndamukong Suh has yet to ink a deal. With the signing of Akiem Hicks, a return to the Buccaneers is likely out, but Suh may have options elsewhere.

According to USA Today’s Tyler Dragon, Suh has had discussions with both the Minnesota Vikings and Las Vegas Raiders, and he particularly seems interested in the Raiders.

Last season, with Tampa Bay, Suh played in 17 games, amassing 27 tackles, six sacks, and had one fumble recovery.

Browns Willing To Pay To Move Baker

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, it appears that the Cleveland Browns are still looking to move Baker Mayfield, and they may be willing to pay to do so. After initially being reluctant to do so, Breer reports that they are now willing to consider up to $10 million to facilitate a trade.

Mayfield has seemingly been on the trade block since the acquisition of Deshaun Watson, and even though Watson could be facing a lengthy suspension, it appears that Mayfield is still likely headed out the door.

While nothing appears imminent, the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers continue to be the most likely destinations.

In 14 games last season, Mayfield threw for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also rushed 37 times for 134 yards and another score.

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