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NFL Workout Updates: 11/11/19

Here’s the latest from around the league’s workout circuit:

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/7/19

Today’s practice squad updates:

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Kansas City Chiefs

New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers

Packers Activate S Ibraheim Campbell

The Packers have activated defensive back Ibraheim Campbell from the physically unable to perform list, the club announced.

Campbell originally joined Green Bay’s roster last November when the Packers claimed him off waivers shortly after trading fellow safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins. Unfortunately, Campbell’s season ended roughly a month later when he suffered a torn ACL. Green Bay re-signed him in August 2019, but he spent the first nine weeks of the year on PUP while recovering from his knee injury.

Now 27 years old, Campbell entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick of the Browns in 2015. A part-time starter during his time in Cleveland, Campbell has since bounced around the league, seeing action with the Texans, Cowboys, and Jets over the past two-plus seasons.

The Packers already have three capable safeties in Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, and Will Redmond, meaning Campbell will likely see most of his time on special teams. He’s played at least 40% of his club’s special teams snaps in six of his seven NFL seasons.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 11/5/19

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Green Bay Packers

Miami Dolphins

  • Signed: CB Marcus Sherels, RB De’Lance Turner (off Ravens’ practice squad)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Activated from PUP: G Phil Haynes
  • Waived: WR Gary Jennings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Packers To Activate TE Jace Sternberger

With Aaron Rodgers in the running for his third MVP award, he will have another weapon to target. Third-round rookie tight end Jace Sternberger will come off the Packers’ IR list, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

The Packers placed Sternberger on IR in early September but will use one of their two return slots on the Texas A&M alum. Sternberger was one of this draft’s top tight end prospects, having completed a breakout season for the 2018 Aggies.

Green Bay spent most of its top offseason resources to help out its defense, signing Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Adrian Amos before using both of its 2019 first-round picks on defenders (Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage). Sternberger went off the board at No. 75 overall, doing so after a 48-reception, 832-yard, 10-touchdown junior season. The 6-foot-4 tight end had only caught one pass in his previous two seasons in College Station.

Sternberger returned to Packers practice earlier this month. He joins a tight end corps housing 10th-year veteran Jimmy Graham and 14th-year talent Marcedes Lewis.

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Le’Veon Bell: Four Teams Had Trade Interest

The Jets reportedly considered moving Le’Veon Bell ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, and the veteran running back says the Steelers, Packers, Chiefs, and Texans all expressed interest in acquiring him. Appearing on his SiriusXM show “17 Weeks,” Bell said he heard through his agent that those four clubs were trying to trade for him, as Joshua Axelrod of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

Pittsburgh, clearly, is the most surprising possible destination mentioned by Bell, as he just left the Steelers organization after a tumultuous 2018 in which he sat out the season rather than play on the franchise tag. Given all that went down between Bell and the Steelers, it’s difficult to imagine Pittsburgh’s management re-acquiring the running back, even if he is now placated with a long-term contract.

The Packers, too, seemingly don’t make much sense as a landing spot given the continued breakout of Aaron Jones and the steady presence of backup Jamaal Williams. Houston, meanwhile, has already traded for two running backs — Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde — and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans were not interested in picking up Bell (Twitter link). Kansas City has deployed LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams with middling results.

“The Jets were really asking for a high price and a lot for me,” Bell said. “On top of that, my actual contract was kind of tough for teams to deal with, which is understandable. Not too many teams want to pay that high of a price for a running back.

“To be honest, I was not trying to take a pay cut, simply for the fact that I sat out a full year of football to get what I earned and deserved. That would’ve kind of defeated the whole purpose, so I didn’t want to do that.”

Bell’s remaining salary in 2019 would have been manageable for just about any team in the NFL, but he’s owed more than $13MM in 2020 between his base salary and roster bonus. Most of that money is fully guaranteed, so a club like the Steelers (who have less than $4MM in available 2020 funds) would have been hard-pressed to take on that contract.

More NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/30/19

Today’s practice squad updates:

Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

  • Signed: LB James Vaughters
  • Placed on injured list: LB Fadol Brown

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Signed: TE Codey McElroy

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/19

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Unlikely To Trade Robby Anderson

The Jets have discussed trades for several high-profile players, but it sounds like wide receiver Robby Anderson will be staying put. The Jets didn’t fetch any offers beyond a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen (Twitter link via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano). 

The Jets, meanwhile, have been asking for a second-round pick, per Vacchiano, who sensed that the Jets would have settled for a third-round choice. With that said – a fourth-round pick won’t be enough to pry away the troubled, but talented, receiver.

Anderson, 26, has 21 catches for 309 yards and one touchdown to his credit this season. That includes a 92-yard TD against the Cowboys, which stands as one of the Jets’ few shining moments of 2019.

Across four seasons, Anderson has averaged 14.7 yards per catch. His best year, statistically, came in 2017 when he posted a 63/941/7 line.

Anderson would have represented a decent WR2 and a very strong WR3 for other clubs, but, apparently, he wasn’t worth the price of a second or third-round pick for any team. Earlier this week, he was speculatively linked to the Raiders. He was also of interest to the Packers, according to ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky (on Twitter).

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