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Report: Jaguars trading Calais Campbell to Ravens for fifth-round pick

Calais Campbell, Jaguars, Ravens

The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly trading Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The five-time Pro Bowler is expected to get a contract extension with the Ravens:

Ravens running back Mark Ingram had a visceral reaction to the news, replying “GETTING STRONGER” and tagging Campbell:

This was some pretty phenomenal maneuvering on the part of the Ravens. As Field Yates of ESPN noted on Twitter, the Ravens had acquired the aforementioned fifth-round pick in a trade they made with the Minnesota Vikings last season. They have now flipped that pick to the Jaguars to get one of the better defensive ends in all of football:

Campbell made the Pro Bowl the last three seasons with the Jaguars. Last year was a bit of a downer, as Campbell saw a decrease in sacks and tackles for loss, though he did have the second-most quarterback hits of his career.

While the Ravens will celebrate Campbell’s acquisition, it could have implications for future plans. Baltimore just put the franchise tag on Matt Judon, and he might wind up going elsewhere in the near future. Campbell is an insurance policy if Judon goes to a new team.

As for the Jaguars, a move of this nature seemed more likely after the team used the franchise tag on Yannick Ngakoue. They are scrambling to create cap space, though it seems Ngakoue will not sign a long-term deal with Jacksonville regardless of how much he gets paid.