Jaguars expected to sign DE Calais Campbell, per source

Even after some major free agency duds over the past couple years, it looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars are not avoiding the open market this time around.

Campbell has been a big producer over the years for the Cardinals. He led the team with 26 QB pressures and 27 QB hits.

"The Cardinals also made a strong effort to bring him back, offering him more than $10 million", Rapoport noted.

Arizona drafted Campbell with its second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, and the defensive end spent the next nine seasons with the Cardinals, twice going to the Pro Bowl (2014-15) and twice earning Second-Team All-Pro honors (2014, 2016). Adding Campbell may have helped expedite that process. This would undoubtedly be a huge upgrade for a unit who had trouble getting any significant push from the interior last season.

Campbell, 30, had another excellent season for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, registering 53 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the deal will average $14 million a year with more details to come. For a talent that's been as consistent as Campbell, the cost wouldn't be as heavy until later in the deal, but it could end up feeling like a boulder of a burden as the contract moves into its latter stages.

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