NFL Ravens 

Baltimore decides to retain Michael Campanaro

 

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Campanaro to a new one-year contract worth roughly $2 million after originally placing a restricted free agent tender on him earlier this year. He was selected in the seventh round (218th overall) by the Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft and has spent his entire career with the team.

The 26-year old provides depth behind Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, the 5-foot-9 receiver only has 12 career catches for 137 yards and 1 touchdown. He was active for only three games in 2016, logging three carries for 72 yards and five punt returns for 63 yards. A calf injury prompted the Ravens to waive-injure him in September, then was re-signed to the practice squad in November and activated to the 53-man roster in December. He has a bit of an injury history, missing 9 games with a hamstring injury in 2014, 12 games after being put on injured reserve due to a herniated disc in 2015, and missing the majority of games last season dealing with a calf injury before returning in weeks 14-16.

Campanaro played college football at Wake Forest, earning Second-team All-ACC honors twice in 2012 and in 2013. Alongside former Baltimore receiver Chris Givens, the two teamed up to be the most productive receiving tandem in Wake Forest history totaling 392 catches and 35 touchdowns. After spending his redshirt freshman year as a return man, he earned a starting position at wide receiver his sophomore year recording 833 yards on 73 receptions. Unfortunate injuries sidelined Campanaro for multiple games his Junior and Senior seasons, but he managed to finish sixth in ACC history for career receptions totaling 229 catches for 2,506 yards and 14 touchdowns during his tenure at Wake Forest.

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