Ravens officially acquire Calais Campbell

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Baltimore Ravens have officially acquired Calais Campbell. News broke of this deal happening on Sunday night, but it could not become official until the new NFL league-year started.

In exchange for the Pro Bowl defensive lineman, the Jacksonville Jaguars acquired a fifth-round draft pick in the deal. The fifth-round draft pick that goes to the Jaguars was previously acquired in the Hayden Hurst trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell smiles after a play against the New England Patriots
Calais Campbell smiles after a play against the New England Patriots (Getty Images)

“Calais is a player we have long admired, even going back to the draft when he came out of college,” Ravens 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.”

Campbell has received a one-year extension onto his contract. He now has a two-year, $27 million deal that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.

He is expected to make $15 million in a base salary in 2020. This was the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal that he signed with the Jaguars in March 2017.

“Like anything in life, they say great things only last for so long,” Campbell said in a Facebook post. “My time in Jacksonville has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with love, support, and pure joy from the Duval community. My family and I have fallen in love with the spirit and people of Jacksonville and we have made a lifetime of memories here in just three short years.

“When I first signed with the Jaguars, I made a commitment to the community here that I would do everything I could to make lives better for those, who felt they didn’t have a voice or didn’t have opportunity. To the people of Jacksonville, my commitment still stands. Even though I won’t be playing for your team, the work that the CRC Foundation (The Charles Richard Campbell Foundation) has started in Northeast Florida will continue.”

He was the Cardinals second-round draft pick (50th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami (Florida).

During the 2019 season, he appeared in 16 games, including 16 starts. He had 56 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss and 25 quarterback hits.

Campbell also had 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass deflections.

In his career, he has appeared in 186 games, including 168 starts. He has 696 tackles, including 151 tackles for a loss and 201 quarterback hits.

He’s also had three interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, including three returned for touchdowns; and 48 pass deflections.

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