Calais Campbell has football left in him says Jaguars GM
The Jacksonville Jaguars have some key free agents to re-sign this offseason, but they don’t exactly have much cap room to work with. As a result, some players could get cut so the club can clear some money.
One such player is defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who has been a dominant force along the Jaguars’ defensive line since arriving in 2017.
However, Jacksonville could open up around $15 million in cap space by cutting him, and with fellow defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue set to hit the open market, the Jags may need to let go of Campbell to keep Ngakoue.
But general manager Dave Caldwell isn’t ready to show his hand just yet.
When asked about the status of Campbell heading into 2020, Caldwell had this to say:
“We still feel like he has football left ahead of him,” Caldwell said, via the Jaguars’ team website.
While that is probably true, as Campbell has made three straight Pro Bowls, there is no doubt that the 33-year-old showed signs of a decline in 2019, finishing with 56 tackles and 6.5 sacks after logging back-to-back double-digit sack seasons in his first two years with the club.
Campbell’s most impressive campaign came in 2017, when he racked up 67 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, earning a First-Team All-Pro selection in addition to his Pro Bowl appearance.
The University of Miami product spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, making a couple of Pro Bowls. He then signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the Jags in March 2017.