NFL insider believes Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell is in line for big-time payday

• Ian Rapoport explains why he thinks Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell is next in line to get a contract extension.
Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell (32) attempts to intercept a loose ball during the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at TIAA Bank Field.
Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell (32) attempts to intercept a loose ball during the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at TIAA Bank Field. / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback Tyson Campbell is coming off an injury-marred season but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media doesn't think that will stop the Jacksonville Jaguars from giving him a long-term deal either this year or next.

Rapoport made an appearance on The Insiders and picked Campbell as a candidate to get a contract extension, arguing that he's established himself as one of the top young cornerbacks in the league. Moreover, he sees the former Georgia Bulldog as a player to build around.

"The Jaguars, obviously, spent on free agency but what they wanted to do, and owner Shad Khan came out and said a couple of days ago, is can't be addicted to free agents," Rapoport said. "Okay, well, they have a couple of really good players on their roster, who eventually will get some big-time paydays. I'm going to call attention to Tyson Campbell, the young corner, who I think very quietly has emerged as one of the better young corners in the NFL."

"At some point, whether this year in free agency, whatever, he'll end up being one of the higher-paid corners in the NFL. Stats aren't great, coverage is great. And this is the kind of guy that the Jaguars are going to want to pay and want to build on after spending the last couple years in free agency," Rapoport said.

Campbell, the 33rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, struggled early in his rookie season but that was mostly because he was playing out of position in the slot. He eventually moved to the boundaries when the Jags traded C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers, and quickly showed improvement. The Plantation, Florida native finished the year strong, registering a team-best two interceptions.

The following season, Campbell logged three interceptions, tied for the most on the Jaguars, and 15 passes defensed, good for second on the team. Furthermore, he gave up less than 10.0 yards per reception. By the end of 2022, he had joined the conversation about the top 10 cornerbacks in the league.

Campbell was set to break out in 2023 but a nagging hamstring injury hindered his performance for most of the season. He's now entering a contract year, and as Rapoport suggested, he could be one of a handful of players who could get an extension from Jacksonville.

The team's brass has made an effort to retain their core players. Earlier this year, they gave long-term deals to Trevor Lawrence and Josh Allen. Furthermore, they gave an extension to linebacker Foyesade Oluokun and a three-year contract to left guard Ezra Cleveland. Campbell, along with safety Andre Cisco, are candidates to get paid next. Here's the clip of Rapoport's appearance.

Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell should be incentivized to have a career year in 2024

Cornerback Tyson Campbell is back at full strength and looking to bounce back in 2024. There's a new coaching staff in town and he made a strong impression on them.

New defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen, for one, is impressed with Campbell's athleticism and his ability to pick stuff up. He also says the staff has done a good job of teaching him fundamentals, technique, and how to operate within the system.

Under Nielsen, the Jaguars will run a press-heavy scheme. Campbell may be a better fit for a man coverage but, as the defensive coordinator noted, they'll look for ways to incorporate his skillset and accentuate his strenghts.

If Tyson Campbell ends up having a banner year, the Jacksonville Jaguars won't mind paying him whatever it takes to keep him from leaving.

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