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Jags land Kampman

NFL_kampman_usa.jpgFinally, we can stop worrying about whether defensive end Aaron Kampman ever will make it to Philly.

He won’t.

Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union reports that Kampman has agreed to terms with the Jaguars.

The deal came after midnight (ET); length and terms aren’t yet available.

And so the Jags are two-for-two in free agency.  They brought in Kampman and Kassim Osgood, and they signed both of them.

The fact that they pursued Kampman so heavily confirms that their effort to upgrade the pass rush via the first two rounds of the 2008 draft have to date failed; Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves have not delivered on their quarterback-sacking potential.

This tends to prove our point that, if a guy who has proven that he can play at the NFL level is available via restricted free agency, he should be pursued even if it means giving up a couple of chances at the NFL’s annual rookie crapshoot.

Still, whether Kampman is the answer remains to be seen.  He was a bust in Green Bay’s 3-4 attack last year, and a torn ACL could limit him in Year One.

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55 Responses to “Jags land Kampman”
  1. BleedGreenMtState says: Mar 7, 2010 8:20 AM

    Philly fans, don’t worry, Reid will address this need in the draft. He has done such an AWESOME job drafting DEs and LBs.
    We are doomed. We are going to keep McNabb not improve our D and then lose McNabb for nothing next year and be left with trying to negotiate with a pissed off Kolb and still a terrible D. Reid should remember that it is how he leaves the organization that he will be remembered for not all those wins.

  2. wydok says: Mar 7, 2010 8:25 AM

    Damn it!

  3. jamesz23 says: Mar 7, 2010 8:25 AM

    I wish Aaron Kampman the best of luck – he was 1 of my favorite players in GB, I hope he does well in Jacksonville.

  4. leshon42 says: Mar 7, 2010 8:25 AM

    jag fans u got a winner..both on and off field AARON will make ur team better ur community better .gb will miss aaron on and off the field.good luck aaron

  5. T. says: Mar 7, 2010 8:28 AM

    Explain to us again how the guy who was leading the team in QB hits at the time of his injury was a bust, because I am SERIOUSLY tryin’ to figure that one out. :eyeroll:

  6. HawgNSonsTV says: Mar 7, 2010 8:29 AM

    It’s a SAD day in Green Bay…Kampy WILL be missed…HE IS A CLASS ACT!…BEST OF LUCK Aaron!

  7. 4ever19 says: Mar 7, 2010 8:30 AM

    Kampman definitely was ill-cast as a linebacker in the 3-4. I live in Wisconsin and so am inundated by floods of Packer news and propaganda, but it sounds like he will be ready to go on opening day. If he plays the way he did before he was hurt, that’s not good news for my Colts.

  8. GBP says: Mar 7, 2010 8:31 AM

    Kampan was not a busy in the 3-4. Watch his play around the middle of the seasonbefore getting hurt, he began to improve
    at the position. It just took him a little while to gel.

  9. Jack Factor says: Mar 7, 2010 8:32 AM

    Kamp is a good selection for the Jags. His character will be missed in Green Bay but he just did not fit the new scheme.
    If I’m a Jags fan I am expecting 10 sacks from him in the 4-3.
    Hope his knee holds.

  10. keepjagsinjax says: Mar 7, 2010 8:35 AM

    Groves is a bust. Harvey is not. He hasn’t played like a top ten pick but NO ONE runs to his side. Hes what you want in a right DE. Plus a new DLine coach will make him better.

  11. evilzorac says: Mar 7, 2010 8:37 AM

    “He was a bust in Green Bay’s 3-4 attack last year, and a torn ACL could limit him in Year One.” I guess it is a good thing that the Jags run a 4-3 was he also in a bust in that????? Nice try in trying to paint this in a bad light. As to the ACL, reports are he is ahead of schedule so very good sing for the Jags.

  12. Puma says: Mar 7, 2010 8:39 AM

    Congrats to Kampy. He is a class act. Always gave everything he had each week in Green Bay. He was just not a 3-4 guy.

  13. TFecht says: Mar 7, 2010 8:43 AM

    Come on Florio. First Kampman wasn’t a restricted FA, so what the hell does the second last paragraph have anything to do with this story?
    Second, Kampman was NOT a bust in the 3 – 4. Did it take him a while to get adjusted, yes. But take a look at the number of pressures Kampman generated. Is he better in a 4-3?? Absolutely. But he was not a “bust”.
    Finally to all the idiots who will come on here and b!+(# about Thompson not trading him last year, why on earth would they have traded their only known pass rusher before seeing if he could handle the switch?? No one knew Matthews was going to take off like he did or that Brad Jones was going to end up being a suitable player from the 7th round. So yes, in hindsight–if you knew Matthews would be a Pro Bowler in his first year– and you knew a 7th rounder would be a competent starter–then sure TT should have traded him. But then again I’m sure many of you had that ability.

  14. jimmySee says: Mar 7, 2010 8:55 AM

    Aaron Kampman is a good guy — we wish him well.

  15. jimmySee says: Mar 7, 2010 8:57 AM

    … in Green Bay, as Curley Howard would say, he was a “victim of coicumstance.”

  16. Pack_Attack says: Mar 7, 2010 9:01 AM

    Good luck Kampy. He was as out of place in the 3-4 as Mike Florio trying to run a rumor website. :-D

  17. HankScorpio says: Mar 7, 2010 9:10 AM

    Aaron Kampman made a career in Green Bay out of proving the doubters wrong. He outplayed big $$ FA bust Joe Johnson as a 5th round rookie and just kept getting better every year. I’m guessing the benefits of going back to a 4-3 will outweigh the drawbacks of having to recover from the ACL. I think the Jags will be happy with signing. They’re getting a good locker room guy and a high energy DE that can play the run and rush the passer.

  18. KingGator13 says: Mar 7, 2010 9:11 AM

    7 a.m. on a Sunday… you’re doing an excellent job Florio!

  19. arsewhooper says: Mar 7, 2010 9:16 AM

    Kampman Jagged On instead of Packed…that would be a better headline.

  20. GobiasINC_1 says: Mar 7, 2010 9:17 AM

    Good look to Kampman. Always a class act in Green Bay.

  21. flipside715 says: Mar 7, 2010 9:17 AM

    they’d be stupid if the jags didnt go after T.O. They need someone opposite of MSW and it would help the team not get blacked out for half of their games

  22. gwinn1952 says: Mar 7, 2010 9:20 AM

    Green Bay screwed up first when they went to a 3-4 as they had the talent to be a 4-3. Now they go ahead an lose Kampman and don’t even get any compensation. Loss of good talent.

  23. The Devil says: Mar 7, 2010 9:28 AM

    what a complete case of the MARKET FALLING FROM UNDERNEATH THIS PLAYER!!
    obviously no one wanted to risk anything on that knee and he wanted out of GB at all cost (like most players do)
    Ted Thompson screwed this guy and screwed him hard

  24. daPACK says: Mar 7, 2010 9:30 AM

    I wouldnt say he was a bust last year.

  25. DCViking says: Mar 7, 2010 9:31 AM

    Loved Kampman as a player — would have been a bigger loss in previous years (i.e. before the 3-4 switch).
    probably, not a good fit for that scheme and seems like Pack have players to take his spot who might be better suited to the defense…

  26. bigtrav425 says: Mar 7, 2010 9:35 AM

    That sucks for my packers!

  27. wrath4771 says: Mar 7, 2010 9:54 AM

    Good luck in Jax, Kampman. Thanks for all the hard work and effort you put in for the Packers – we’ll miss you.

  28. The Devil says: Mar 7, 2010 9:56 AM

    And no i have not been trashing the packers…
    I have been trashing Thompson’s poor handling of:
    1. Being forced to OVER PAY for Clifton
    2. not TRADING and getting some compensation for Kampman in 2009 when a 2nd or 3rd round pick was reasonable for the BUST he was and did not want to play in the 3-4.
    Face it, everyone screws up. Wolf named Rhodes as the successor to Holmgrem.. but Thompson just seems to screw up more than most

  29. notthesicko says: Mar 7, 2010 9:57 AM

    It’s a good thing they’ve recently used all of these high draft picks on defensive ends.

  30. Bob Nelson says: Mar 7, 2010 10:11 AM

    So the Packers lose 6 million off of what they were paying in salary last year and get a 5th round compensatory pick in 2011 since Kampmann is 30.
    Kampmann is back in a 4-3 defense and gets a nice payday.
    The only one that can lose is the Jaguars.

  31. Old_Style says: Mar 7, 2010 10:11 AM

    “He was a bust in Green Bay’s 3-4 attack last year” ~ I wouldn’t say he was a “bust,” just Hawk-esque.

  32. Johnnyb612 says: Mar 7, 2010 10:20 AM

    Sorry to see you go, Aaron. You were an awsome player for us for the last eight years. Good luck in Jacksonville. For some reason you leaving and going to Jacksonville doesn’t make me feel hostile feelings towards you, OR your family! It’s probably just because you didn’t go to a much hated rival like, oh I don’t know, the Vikings. Anyways, good luck to you and your family, Aaron! Dont be a stranger in Green Bay once your career is over either. Brett, you can kiss my pale, white ass and burn in hell.

  33. onesweetworld says: Mar 7, 2010 10:27 AM

    Well then its a good thing the Jaguars dont play a 3-4 defense

  34. eb says: Mar 7, 2010 10:33 AM

    At least he didn’t go to GB West.
    Good luck Kampy. Packer fans hope it works out for you. Wish you could have stayed. Jax just got a great person and hopefully the knee comes around quickly.

  35. Lurch says: Mar 7, 2010 10:41 AM

    Good Luck Aaron!
    You played well for the Pack over the years. Hope the knee heels and you find continued success in the 4-3 alignment.

  36. DeeDubb says: Mar 7, 2010 10:50 AM

    Great pick up for Jacksonville. It’s clear Kampman was out of place in GB’s 3-4 scheme.

  37. shadowGM says: Mar 7, 2010 10:52 AM

    No way. Finally a “Good Ol’ Boy” leaves home. And it only took changing an entire defensive scheme to get homers on the same page. I’ve waited for this day for years. Now it looks like I only have to wait on: Grant, Harris, Williams, Bigby, Barnett, Clifton (after successfully robbing us with that ridiculous contract), and the inevitable resigning of dead lump Tauscher. It appears everyone gets ridiculous money (see Williams tender and Clifton’s assinine contract) to stay in the fold until epically failing on field and costing us contending seasons. What the hell was the strategical point of even retaining Clifton? They still need to draft a tackle high, because this guy can’t even fight through a game without injury, with even the most mundane of injuries stretching his “recuperation” time past 2 games. O-line problems may also be solved by getting competent coaches (Philbin and Campen are jokes) to actually teach the younger linemen.
    The window is open now. Do a goddamn thing about and clean the detritus off of this roster and either bring in free agents to fill the spots or draft replacements. Retaining losers who cannot effectively (or healthily) marginally maintain their positions is mind boggling.

  38. Ambrose says: Mar 7, 2010 10:53 AM

    For those Jag’s fans that don’t know this guy….you got a real good one. Class act. Small-town attitude. Tireless worker. Great performer. I hope he has a lot of success in Jax. The only drawback(s) is the surgery and his age.

  39. oldblue says: Mar 7, 2010 10:57 AM

    Seems like players are starting to become wary of how the Eagles do business. We were so close for so many years and now have taken a huge step back. Shame.

  40. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Mar 7, 2010 11:05 AM

    I’m guessing if Kampy ever plays against Green Bay in Lambeau, he won’t get boo’ed. He’s a classy guy. Good luck, Aaron.

  41. MkePackFan says: Mar 7, 2010 11:16 AM

    Best of luck to Kampy!
    Jag fans, you got a guy w/ a tremendous work ethic & huge motor…he won’t stop til he hits the QB or hears the whistle and will NEVER be called for a boneheaded post-play personal foul penalty.

  42. Sasquash says: Mar 7, 2010 11:29 AM

    Wow this sucks. I wanted my Eagles to get this guy. I hope he tears it up and the Eagles can look like bigger dopes. They have no clue what they are doing.

  43. Waiting4GoPackGo says: Mar 7, 2010 11:33 AM

    “No way. Finally a “Good Ol’ Boy” leaves home. And it only took changing an entire defensive scheme to get homers on the same page. I’ve waited for this day for years.”
    Fly away, troll

  44. bluestree says: Mar 7, 2010 11:51 AM

    shadowGM; the window’s open. Do the right thing and jump. That will rid us of three fools at once.

  45. cheeseweasel says: Mar 7, 2010 1:08 PM

    johnnyb612 sez “Brett you can kiss my pale white ass and burn in hell”
    typical classless Packer fan. he put your team back and made them relevant again. you people call yourselves the best fans in the league? WTF? not even close.

  46. etronsman says: Mar 7, 2010 1:22 PM

    I’m a Packer fan living in Jacksonville. This is a very Gene Smith-like move – just like bringing in Torry Holt last year to essentially hold down the WR1 spot while tutoring the younger guys. Kampman should come in right away and set a standard for ethic, motor, etc.
    If I do get Jags tickets this year, I’ll look forward to 74 being on the home team.

  47. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Mar 7, 2010 2:14 PM

    johnnyb612
    classless packer fans. whoever says packer fans are ‘the best fans’ don’t know about the dumbshits like you
    you lost one of the best d ends in the league because your dumbass coordinator refused to let Kampman play where he likes to.
    if it was last year, kampman would have been more sought after than peppers.

  48. GobiasINC_1 says: Mar 7, 2010 2:29 PM

    The Devil, the Packers were 11-5 last year with Thompson as the GM. I’m fairly certain half the teams in the NFL would like their team to ‘screw up’ like he does.
    Let’s count the screw-ups:
    1. Aaron Rodgers – one of the best young QBs in the league
    2. Signing Charles Woodson, the Defensive Player of the Year
    3. Drafting Clay Matthews, BJ Raji and Nick Collins – all very talented players on the defensive side that fit the new 3-4 for years to come
    4. Drafting Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley – two of the most exciting playmakers in the league
    5. Trading a late-round pick for Ryan Grant
    * Now the offensive line may not be where it needs to be but like I said, most teams in the league hoped they had the Packers problems.

  49. bucc19 says: Mar 7, 2010 2:38 PM

    typical classless Packer fan. he put your team back and made them relevant again. you people call yourselves the best fans in the league? WTF? not even close.
    Oh really? Like anyone gave a royal crap about the “Queens before Favre came there? I grew up in Florida, and I hate to pop your Viking delusions og Granduer, but the Packers where ALWAYS relevent, even when they sucked, back in the 70′s and 80′s. People still followed them then like they do now. No one cares about the Vikes except espn, and that is ONLY because of Favre.and as soon as he leaves, its’ back to “no one gives a shit” again. The Bears are the most popular team anyway, EVERYONE loves them, just wait until they start winning again, which will be soon, people will forget Minne-duh-sota even has a team. Heck even my sorry Bucs are more relevent than the Bi-queens? LOLOL

  50. bearpaw says: Mar 7, 2010 2:39 PM

    @evilzorac The remark about the 3-4 was more a comment on why GB didn’t try to keep him rather than a knock on JVille.
    @JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo AK is too small to play end in the 3-4. I have to assume Dom Capers knows more about football than you do.
    As for him being a bust…yeah..he was. Moving AK to LB would be like moving Deion Sanders to SS and asking him to fill the box every play. AK’s skill is out working OT’s and never giving up on a play…asking him to cover Greg Olsen 15 yards downfield or to rush the passer with speed (which he doesn’t have) was stupid. AK is a strength/leverage player..not a speed guy. It’s not a crime he didn’t fit…it happens. The crime was not trading him last summer. AK pre-injury w/ a year left on his deal would have probably meant a 2nd round pick. To have 2 second rounders in this draft deep at OT and 3-4 LB would have been huge for GB and now they get nothing for him.
    Maybe another camp in the 3-4 would have made AK serviceable at LB but can you pay him 6 mil a year for 5-8 sacks? Not when you have Jolly,Collins,Williams and Jenkins to resign over the next year+. All of those guys made the move to 3-4 flawlessly.
    Class act and it sucks his last year was handled poorly but at the same time you can’t keep everybody. Had GB stayed in the 4-3 and AK had gone out and gotten 16 sacks this year we still might not have been able to keep him.

  51. The Devil says: Mar 7, 2010 3:52 PM

    in reply to:
    GobiasINC_1 says:
    March 7, 2010 2:29 PM
    The Devil, the Packers were 11-5 last year with Thompson as the GM. I’m fairly certain half the teams in the NFL would like their team to ‘screw up’ like he does.
    Let’s count the screw-ups:
    1. Aaron Rodgers – one of the best young QBs in the league
    2. Signing Charles Woodson, the Defensive Player of the Year
    3. Drafting Clay Matthews, BJ Raji and Nick Collins – all very talented players on the defensive side that fit the new 3-4 for years to come
    4. Drafting Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley – two of the most exciting playmakers in the league
    5. Trading a late-round pick for Ryan Grant
    * Now the offensive line may not be where it needs to be but like I said, most teams in the league hoped they had the Packers problems.
    let me see:
    1. Aaron Rodger ‘fell into Ted’s lapper like a stripper needing a $20 bill’. Ted did nothing to make a move and got him. In fact, where would you be today if someone had drafted Rodger before your turn?
    2. I will give you the signing of Woodson – but GB was the last place Woodson wanted to go – again, because no one else wanted him (and this is by Woodson’s own admission) and yes it has worke dout well for woodson but really…
    3. What IMPACT has RAJI had? NONE, he as a #9 overall draft pick – nothing. Harrell NOTHING a big NOTHING. AJ Hawk – what a great #5, Collins wants the hell out of GB cause they wont pay him. So to rate Ted’s first round picks – he is below teh mendoza line.
    4. you biased jerk,,, come talk to us about J Finley when he puts together a complete season. he caught 6 balls as a rook and 55 last year.. in fact come talk to us when he can be CONSISTENT and put together 3 decent games. And EXCITING PLAYMAKER>.. your beloved Jennings. PLAYMAKERS CATCH TD’s. His 4 TD’s in 2009 does not tell me he is a playmaker. in fact, his TD’s per season are declining since his rookie year.
    5. Trading anything for R. Grant. was stupid. The Giants (and they admitted this also) were on the verge of cutting Grant

  52. Contra says: Mar 7, 2010 4:11 PM

    I thought the Packers are where dreams come true and championships happen. Why would one of your best players up and leave for Jacksonville of all places?! You guys sure know how to usher out your key players. Shows what a classless organization the Packers are. Too bad you didn’t offer Kampman $$$ to not play for any specific team. Maybe one day the Packers will crawl out of the Vikings shadow…one day…

  53. TheBaySay says: Mar 7, 2010 4:26 PM

    Really good DE and an even better person. Congrats to AK and the Jags. Glad he didn’t end up in Chicago or Detroit or with the Cuckolds.

  54. PackerFanforDecades says: Mar 7, 2010 5:11 PM

    Many people in Wisconsin respect Aaron Kampman. He earned that respect based on his character and his hard work … hard work all the time.
    The new defense installed in Green Bay last year sure helped us. When the new plan was announced before training camp, I was scared there wouldn’t be room for Aaron. It was a blessing that he became a solid/diligent contributor. He seemed to be increasingly effective each game up to his injury.
    I hope a million people pray that he overcomes the knee damage and plays well for many years.
    Aaron, I hope we see you in the Super Bowl x years from now.
    The NFL sure needs people like Aaron to pull up the average on character. Good luck and God speed.

  55. Ruvell100 says: Mar 8, 2010 10:22 AM

    @The Devil aka Cami/Gabe- Wash off your hate, Romanians. When you refuse to give credit where credit is due, it shows that emotion runs your hatred, not logic. TT’s insight had nothing to do with any of those players listed, they were all circumstance?
    Anger has blinded you, and it’s unhealthy. Football is obviously not your thing. You should try http://www.proballettalk.com

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