Report: Jaguars trading Calais Campbell to Ravens for fifth-round pick
The five-time Pro Bowler is expected to get a contract extension with the Ravens:
Jaguars and Ravens have agreed to a trade in principle that would send Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell to Baltimore for a 2020 fifth-round pick, per sources. Campbell will try to finalize an extension with Baltimore.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020
Ravens running back Mark Ingram had a visceral reaction to the news, replying “GETTING STRONGER” and tagging Campbell:
GETTING STRONGER!!!! 👿💪🏾@CalaisCampbell
— Mark Ingram II (@markingram21) March 15, 2020
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:
The Ravens are trading the Jaguars a 2020 fifth-round pick that they acquired from the Vikings for their back-up kicker who was cut three weeks later by Minnesota. They are receiving Calais Campbell.
That is insane.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 15, 2020
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.