The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a trade to send Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. Shortly after, the 12-year veteran and Baltimore agreed to a two-year, $27 million extension.
Who is Calais Campbell?
The Arizona Cardinals drafted Campbell in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Miami (Fla.). After playing sparingly in his rookie season, Campbell started in 15 games in 2009. That durability has been a hallmark of his career so far, as Campbell has yet to miss more than three games in a single season.
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After the 2016 season, Campbell signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars; joining a what became known as the vaunted “Sacksonville,” defense. In 2017 he lived up to his contract; recording a career-high 14.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles as the Jaguars went 10-6 to win the AFC South. Led by a smothering defense and stud running back Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville made it to the AFC Title game and led the New England Patriots 17-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
But Tom Brady and company rallied to win 24-20, ending the Jacksonville’s Cinderella run. The future seemed bright for the Jaguars, who signed quarterback Blake Bortles to a three-year, $54 million contract extension; but the team went just 5-11 in 2018 and released Bortles after the season. Following a 6-10 season in 2019 and one year left on Campbell’s contract, the rebuilding team is looking to shed age and money.
Like Fine Wine
At 33-years-old, Campbell is still a force on the defensive line.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, he is one of just three players in the NFL with at least 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks in each of the last three seasons. He failed to miss a single game over his three years in Jacksonville, making the Pro Bowl each year.
Off the field Campbell has proven himself to be a model citizen; winning the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. He and his family run the CRC Foundation that is named for Campbell’s father Charles. Established in 2009, the foundation teaches important life skills to youths. He also is known for his charitable works in the Christmas season, funding shopping sprees for kids who make literacy goals.
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He joins a defense that allowed the fourth-fewest total yards per game last year, but was in the bottom half of the league sack rankings. At 6’8″, 300 pounds, Campbell could be a valuable asset in helping shore up a defensive line that allowed Derrick Henry to rumble for 195 yards en route to the Titans upset victory over Baltimore in AFC Divisional round.
A Bounty of Picks
The deal gives Jacksonville a total of 11 picks in the 2020 NFL draft; in addition to nine picks in 2021. For a franchise in disarray after its cinderella run, Jacksonville now owns a plethora of resources to boost its roster in the coming seasons.
In CBS Sports.com’s most recent mock draft, the Jaguars are projected to pick Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown with the seventh overall pick.