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Calais Campbell is finally coming back to where he played college football.

The former University of Miami standout is expected to sign with the Dolphins, according to NFL Media.

A second-round pick of the Cardinals in 2008, Campbell spent nine years in Arizona, three years in Jacksonville, three in Baltimore, and one in Atlanta.

For season No. 17, he’s returning to Miami.

Campbell, who turns 38 on September 1, was a first-team All-Pro in 2017. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler, he was a member of the all-decade team of the 2010s, and he was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2019.

The Ravens closed out their offseason program with a final minicamp practice on Thursday and cornerback Marlon Humphrey remained out of the team drills.

Humphrey was out of practice or limited to individual work during OTA sessions open to the media this spring and head coach John Harbaugh provided a brief update on the corner after minicamp concluded. Harbaugh did not note the nature of Humphrey’s injury, but said that the team doesn’t expect it to impact his availability for training camp.

“Just nagging things,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “He should be ready for training camp. Shouldn’t be a problem.”

Humphrey missed time at the start of last season with a foot injury and he had a calf injury that kept him out of the lineup later in the year. Humphrey played in the AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs, but had to leave early.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s contract included a fully-guaranteed workout bonus of $750,000 in 2024. But he was still required to earn it, by showing up for at least 80 percent of the voluntary offseason workouts.

He didn’t.

Speaking to reporters at the team’s mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, Jackson declined to address the loss of $750,000.

I never discuss my contract up here,” Jackson said, via Jamison Hensley of “I’m not about to start today. . . .

“I’m focusing on just getting better and focusing on tomorrow. We just had a great practice. We’re just trying to keep it going. Then, when [training] camp comes, camp is going to come.”

Jackson separately addressed whether he’ll be working out with teammates during the break between the offseason program and the start of training camp. His response carried more than a whiff of irony.

“I would love to do that, but some guys don’t want to leave their state,” Jackson said. “They’re going to have to come to South Florida. They’re going to have to do it. We have to. We’re trying to get to the Super Bowl, and for us to do that, we have to grind. We have to build chemistry.”

Yes. And that’s what the offseason program is for.

You know, the one that would have paid Jackson $750,000 if he’d shown up for at least 80 percent of it.

One of the talking points of the Ravens offseason is how the acquisition of running back Derrick Henry will benefit Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson during the 2024 season.

Jackson’s never played alongside a back as accomplished as Henry, but Henry offered a different view of what the partnership might bring to the field for the Ravens when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday. Henry noted that he’s never played with anyone who captures the focus of the defense like Jackson and he’s looking forward to what that might mean for him come the fall.

“It definitely brings a different aspect, because he is a dual-threat quarterback, and he’s dangerous with his legs just as he is with his arm,” Henry said, via Jeff Zrebiec of “It’s going to be fun and a breath of fresh air not being the center of attention, knowing that eyes are going to be on him, as well. But I’m just excited to get to work and put the work in out here and let it all come together.”

Henry may not get the same volume of work he was accustomed to with the Titans, but that wouldn’t be the worst thing for a veteran back who knows that his job “is being explosive, making explosive runs, being a threat in the run game and anywhere else they ask me to help out this offense.”

Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton will be spending some time recovering from a surgical procedure before the team goes to training camp.

Head coach John Harbaugh said that Hamilton will not be participating in this week’s mandatory minicamp because of an elbow issue that required medical intervention. Harbaugh said the team expects Hamilton to be good to go for the start of camp.

“Kyle will be ready. Kyle had some loose bodies in his elbow that they went ahead and just plucked out, so it’s a two-to-three-week deal,” Harbaugh said.

Hamilton was a first-team All-Pro in 2023 after recording 81 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions, three sacks, and a forced fumble for the AFC North champions.

The Commanders aren’t the only team with interest in UFL kicker Jake Bates.

Three other teams have requested to host Bates, with the Packers, Lions and Ravens wanting on his itinerary, Aaron Wilson of KPRC reports.

The Packers drafted Anders Carlson in the sixth round of the 2023 draft, but after he missed five extra points and six field goals, the team seems to be considering its options. Greg Joseph and Jack Podlesny also are on the roster currently.

Michael Badgley, who remains on the Lions’ roster, kicked in four regular-season games and all three postseason games for the team last season. James Turner also is on the Lions’ roster.

The Ravens have the NFL’s best kicker in Justin Tucker, and their interest in Bates begs the question about whether some teams will consider carrying two kickers for the new kickoff return rules.

Bates made three field goals of 60 yards or longer in 2024, including a 64-yarder, but he was only 17-of-22 overall on his field goal attempts. His head coach, Mike Nolan, complained during the season that teams were contacting Bates in violation of the league’s rules.

Bates had a brief stint with the Texans during training camp in 2023.

Jake Paul and Mike Tyson were supposed to fight on July 20. A health issue for Tyson resulted in a postponement.

There’s now a new date: Friday, November 15.

“Although we had to postpone the fight, I will resume training shortly,” Tyson said in a press release. “I am thankful to the medical staff that treated me and to MVP, Netflix, and AT&T Stadium for working diligently to find the best reschedule date for all parties. While we have a new date, the result will be the same no matter when we fight. Jake Paul is getting knocked out. On Friday, November 15, watch this in-person at AT&T Stadium or live on Netflix.”

The fight will make for a busy month at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys host the Eagles five days earlier and the Eagles 10 days later before closing out the month with a Thanksgiving game.

For Netflix, which will stream the fight, the date provides a useful dry run roughly six weeks before Netflix hosts a pair of NFL games on Christmas Day. The stakes will be higher when it comes to streaming the fight without glitches; the stakes will be even higher for the December 25 doubleheader: Chiefs at Steelers and Ravens at Texans.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker says he’s ready to make tackles on kickoffs after the NFL implemented a new rule to encourage more returns.

Last year, 79 percent of Tucker’s kickoffs went for touchbacks. This year, the vast majority of kickoffs are expected to be returned, thanks to the league’s new rule, and Tucker said that means he’ll be ready to make tackles on long returns.

“It’s one of those things that just comes naturally. If you’re a ballplayer, you stick your nose in there,” Tucker said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t think it’s something that is necessarily encouraged. But it’s not discouraged either. It just comes with the territory. It’s a football play. We’re all football players out there.”

There’s been some talk that teams might let a defensive player kick off because they’ll be better at tackling, but Tucker doesn’t want to hear that.

“Hell yeah! I want to be out there,” Tucker said. “Any chance I get to be on the field, living out my childhood dream — wherever, whenever that is, I’m going to make sure I’m ready to go and put the best product on the field I possibly can.”

One of the best kickers in NFL history, Tucker said he’s in favor of the change because it makes kickoffs more relevant.

“My initial reaction was you’ve got to be positive about it and think about it in terms of this is going to keep the play in the game,” he said. “It’s not just going to keep the play in the game; it’s going to be a lot more exciting. I think there’s going to be a lot more action.”

For streaming companies, NFL games present a great chance to double dip. Users pay to watch, and advertisers pay to advertise.

For Netflix, which is reportedly paying roughly $75 million each for two Christmas games (Chiefs-Steelers and Ravens-Texans), the advertising bounty might not be as robust as hoped.

Via Brian Steinberg of, Netflix is expected to meet resistance when it comes to getting the kind of advertising dollars it hopes to generate.

Per the report, efforts to sell 30-second ads for as much as $400,000 “have not yet proven convincing.”

One complication comes from the possibility that, according to the report, Netflix “seems eager” to sell packages that would require football advertisers to buy ads for other programming.

At some point, Netflix will have to forget about what it wants and take what it can get.

It’s too late to earn his $750,000 workout bonus. It’s not too late to get better prepared for the 2024 season.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has returned to OTAs on Tuesday.

Jackson, a two-time league MVP, signed a five-year, $260 million contract last year. The deal has $750,000 workout bonuses in 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027.

It’s unclear why he’d been absent. The workouts are absolutely voluntary. Most NFL starting quarterbacks volunteer to attend, unless they have a good reason not to be present.

Whatever Jackson’s reason, the $750,000 workout bonus for 2024 can’t be earned. It’s not a fine. It’s a failure to satisfy the express condition for payment.