Calais Campbell Is Officially a Raven, And Got a One-Year Extension

Calais Campbell in action during an NFL game.
Calais Campbell in action during an NFL game.

It's now official. Baltimore has acquired Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Baltimore sent a 2020 fifth-round pick, which came from the trade of Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons, to the Jaguars.

The Ravens also agreed in principle with Campbell on a one-year contract extension, pending the passing of a physical.

"Calais is a player we have long admired, even going back to the draft when he came out of college," General Manager Eric DeCosta stated. "He's a natural fit for our defense and a versatile player who plays like a Raven. Even better, he is a leader on the field and in the community. We are so excited to add Calais and can't wait to welcome the Campbell family to Baltimore in person."

The 33-year-old Campbell has 88 sacks during his 12-year career, including a career-high 14 ½ sacks in 2017. His 31½ sacks since 2017 are the seventh-most in the NFL over the past three seasons, and Campbell made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with the Jaguars.

The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder has also been extremely durable, starting 90 straight games dating back to 2014.

In addition to his on-field exploits, Campbell is one the NFL's most respected figures, the most recent winner of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Campbell had 6 ½ sacks for Jacksonville last season, which is more than anyone on the Ravens had except outside linebacker Matthew Judon, who led Baltimore with 9 ½ sacks. The Ravens had four sacks from defensive linemen last year – the fewest in the NFL. Upgrading the interior pass rush is a major priority.

The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Judon last week, retaining his rights for next season. A Judon-Campbell pass-rushing duo, as well as reported new addition Michael Brockers, presents a formidable foundation for an upgraded pass rush. Baltimore finished 21st in the league in sacks last season, but Campbell will add a jolt .

Campbell can also be dominant as a run stopper, with 309 tackles over the past five seasons, the second-most in the league during that time frame. He teams with Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams to fill a void after Michael Pierce was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.

Campbell has never been on a Super Bowl-winning team and coming to Baltimore would give him a realistic shot at a championship.

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