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2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC North

The 2022 AFC North free agency period began with the Ravens thinking they had a former friend while the Bengals guarded the team’s future. The Browns scooped Cooper in a trade and the Steelers found a possible replacement for Big Ben. We have all of the latest updates from the division’s free agency and offseason moves.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

  • C Bradley Bozeman (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • RB Devonta Freeman
  • RB Latavius Murray
  • FB Patrick Ricard (re-signed)
  • OT David Sharpe
  • TE Eric Tomlinson (Agreed to terms with the Broncos)
  • WR Sammy Watkins (Agreed to terms with the Packers)

Defensive free agents

  • LB Chris Board (Agreed to terms with Lions)
  • CB Anthony Averett (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • LB Josh Bynes (re-signed)
  • DE Calais Campbell (re-signed)
  • S DeShon Elliott (Agreed to terms with the Lions)
  • NT Justin Ellis (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • LB L. J. Fort
  • OLB Justin Houston
  • S Tony Jefferson (re-signed)
  • OLB Pernell McPhee
  • CB Jimmy Smith
  • NT Brandon Williams
  • CB Tavon Young (released)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Head coach John Harbaugh was signed to a three-year extension
  • Agreed to terms with S Marcus Williams (Saints) on a five-year deal, OLB OT Morgan Moses (Jets) on a three-year deal
  • Lost TE Eric Tomlinson (Broncos), CB Anthony Averett (Raiders), LB Chris Board (Lions), S DeShon Elliott (Lions), WR Sammy Watkins (Packers), DL Justin Ellis (Giants)
  • Released CB Tavon Young
  • Re-signed FB Patrick Ricard to a three-year deal, DE Calais Campbell to a two-year deal, LB Josh Bynes

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

  • QB Nick Mullens
  • WR Rashard Higgins (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • WR Ryan Switzer
  • TE David Njoku (franchised)
  • OT Chris Hubbard (re-signed)
  • TE Austin Hooper (released and signed with the Titans)
  • PK Chase McLaughlin
  • TE Stephen Carlson
  • FB Andy Janovich
  • WR Jarvis Landry (released)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Malik Jackson
  • DT Sheldon Day
  • DE Jadeveon Clowney
  • DE Takkarist McKinley
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • LB Malcolm Smith
  • LB Anthony Walker
  • LB Elijah Lee
  • S Ronnie Harrison
  • S M.J. Stewart (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • P Dustin Colquitt
Former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson traded to the Cleveland Browns
Former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson was traded to the Cleveland Browns for three first-round draft picks, a 2023 third-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Reportedly traded three first-round picks to the Houston Texans for QB Deshaun Watson. They also gave up a 2023 third-round pick and 2024 fourth-round pick in the trade.
  • Agreed to terms with WR Jakeem Grant (Bears) on a three-year deal, DL Taven Bryan (Jaguars) on a one-year deal, QB Jacoby Brissett (Colts) on a one-year deal, OL Ethan Pocic (Seahawks)
  • Lost WR Rashard Higgins (Panthers), DB M.J. Stewart (Texans)
  • Placed the franchise tag on TE David Njoku, placed a RFA tender on RB D’Ernest Johnson
  • Traded LB Mack Wilson in exchange for OLB/DE Chase Winovich (Patriots)
  • Traded QB Case Keenum to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick
  • Released WR Jarvis Landry, TE Austin Hooper (signed with Titans)
  • Traded a 2022 fifth-round pick and swapped 2022 sixth-round selections with the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for WR Amari Cooper

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

  • TE C.J. Uzomah (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • OT Riley Reiff
  • OG Quinton Spain
  • QB Brandon Allen (re-signed)
  • WR Mike Thomas (re-signed)
  • WR Auden Tate
  • OL Fred Johnson (released and then signed with Buccaneers)
  • OL Trey Hopkins (released)

Defensive free agents

  • S Jessie Bates III (franchised)
  • CB Eli Apple (re-signed)
  • CB Vernon Hargeaves
  • CB Tre Flowers
  • DT B.J. Hill (re-signed)
  • DT Josh Tupou (re-signed)
  • LB Jordan Evans
  • CB Darius Phillips (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • CB Trae Waynes (released)
  • S Ricardo Allen
  • S Michael Thomas (re-signed)
  • LS Clark Harris
  • P Kevin Huber

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OG Alex Cappa (Buccaneers) on a four-year deal, OL Ted Karras (Patriots) on a three-year deal, OT La’el Collins (Cowboys) to a three-year deal, TE Hayden Hurst (Falcons)
  • Re-signed DT B.J. Hill to a three-year deal, CB Eli Apple on a one-year deal, S Michael Thomas to a one-year deal, DT Josh Tupou on a two-year deal, QB Brandon Allen on a one-year deal, WR Trenton Irwin
  • Placed the franchise tag on S Jessie Bates III
  • Lost TE C.J. Uzomah (Jets), CB Darius Phillips (Raiders)
  • Released CB Trae Waynes

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger (retired)
  • QB Joshua Dobbs
  • WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • WR James Washington (Agreed to terms with the Cowboys)
  • WR-Ret Ray-Ray McCloud (Agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • TE Eric Ebron
  • RB Kalen Ballage
  • OG Trai Turner
  • OT Chuks Okorafor (re-signed)
  • OL B.J. Finney
  • OL Zach Banner

Defensive free agents

  • DL Montravious Adams (re-signed)
  • OLB Taco Charlton
  • CB Joe Haden
  • CB Akhello Witherspoon (re-signed)
  • CB Arthur Maulet (re-signed)
  • S Terrell Edmunds
  • S Miles Killebrew (re-signed)
  • LB Joe Schobert (released)
Former Jaguars LB Myles Jack -an 82-game starter- signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger retired after 18 seasons and this will be GM Kevin Colbert’s last season
  • Re-signed OT Chuks Okorafor to a three-year deal, CB Arthur Maulet on a two-year deal, S Miles Killebrew on a two-year deal, CB Ahkello Witherspoon on a two-year deal, DT Montravius Adams (Saints) on a two-year deal
  • Released LB Joe Schobert, OL Zach Banner
  • Agreed to terms with LB Myles Jack (Jaguars) on a two-year deal, QB Mitchell Trubisky (Bills) on a two-year deal, OG James Daniels (Bears) on a three-year deal, C Mason Cole on a three-year deal, CB Levi Wallace (Bills) on a two-year deal, WR Gunner Olszewski (Patriots) on a two-year deal
  • Placed an original round tender on QB Dwayne Haskins, placed a first right-of-refusal tender on LB Robert Spillane
  • Lost WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Chiefs), WR James Washington (Cowboys), WR-Ret Ray-Ray McCloud (49ers),

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 12-9-18: In-game report

In a matchup between mentor and mentee, the mentor bested his understudy.  Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs defeated John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens, 27-24, to remain in first place in the AFC.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in- game report:

Travis Kelce

When Kelce is rolling, the Kansas City Chiefs offense is rolling. Teams that have defeated the Chiefs have not been able to completely stop Kelce but have been able to limit his productivity or force him and his team to use more targets to get his catches.  The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Chiefs and even though Kelce had 10 catches for 127 yards, it took him 15 targets to post those numbers.  The Patriots were the Chiefs only other loss this season, they double teamed and chipped Kelce all night and held him to five catches on nine targets for 61 yards.  Against the Ravens, Kelce caught two passes on the first possession of the game and forced a holding call on cornerback Marlon Humphrey that resulted in a touchdown.  For the game, he caught seven passes on nine targets for 77 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs second-ranked scoring offense and No. 3 ranked passing game are a direct reflection of Kelce’s productivity.  If a team hopes to stop the Chiefs offense, then they must prioritize defending Kelce. 

Ravens defense

Despite giving up catches to Kelce early, Baltimore held the Chiefs to 27 points, tied for their lowest output of the season.  The Ravens forced Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to drive the length of the field and kept everything in front of them by always keeping a safety deep.  Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale also switched up blitz schemes which kept Mahomes off balance and resulted in three sacks.  The Chiefs still managed 92 rushing yards and 347 passing yards but the chunk plays were minimal. The fourth down 48-yard heave across the field from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill was a back breaker for the Ravens. However, besides that play and a screen pass to Spencer Ware, the Ravens didn’t give up a play of more than 25 yards defensively.  Look for the Chiefs division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers, to try and replicate the Ravens defensive game plan when the two teams meet on Thursday.  

Lamar Jackson

The former Louisville quarterback has struggled with turnovers and accuracy issues (58 percent completion percentage, three interceptions and eight fumbles) since he has been under center. However, Jackson has given the Ravens offense a spark because of his running ability and quick passing ability.  Baltimore has went to a more run-pass option attack and one-read passing concepts with Jackson.  Against the Chiefs, the Ravens used their tight end as a motion man to get involved as the lead blocker in power running plays and as a safety option for Jackson in the short passing game. Jackson completed 13-of-24 passes for two touchdowns and ran for 71 yards.  As he gets more comfortable, look for the playbook to expand, but for now Jackson has been productive and has put the Ravens in positions to win.