Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals will soon become a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, coming over on a new deal through 2017 free agency.
While the deal won’t be official until March ninth at four in the afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive end Calais Campbell have reportedly come to an agreement and he is expected to sign with the team.
In getting Campbell, the Jaguars are adding another top player to a defensive line that already features promising young players Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue as well as the dominant Malik Jackson and run-stuffing Roy Miller.
For the first time in a long, long time the Jaguars are actually adding a player that is in his prime and already considered a monster at his position. The 6’8″ 282-pound player will be a nightmare for opposing offenses to deal with, presenting opportunities for Campbell and for other players. Campbell is 30 years old and has 56.5 career sacks. With eight sacks in 2016, Campbell would have tied Ngakoue’s team lead.
After missing out on Olivier Vernon a year ago and not having Jason Pierre-Paul make it to the market, it was critical that the Jags bring in someone who can produce on the defensive line. Free agent experiments with Jason Babin, Chris Clemons, and Jared Odrick in the last few seasons were a low point for the Jaguars at defensive end.
Now with Campbell set to join the team and the promising start to Ngakoue’s career (not to mention Fowler’s potential), the Jaguars may actually have a defensive end group that will terrorize opponents.