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Calais Campbell, Cardinals making some progress toward a new deal

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When free agency begins in early March, one of the biggest names on the market will be Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell.

If he gets there.

A fourth-year veteran who has flourished in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s Pittsburgh-style defense, Campbell is on the Cardinals’ retention radar.  Per a league source, the two sides have passed the casual level in their talks and moved to intermediate.

The Cardinals like Campbell a lot, but the Cardinals historically haven’t devoted a bunch of money to home-grown products not named “Larry Fitzgerald.”

Campbell had a sack and a critical forced fumble on Saturday, knocking the ball loose from Bengals running back Cedric Benson during a close-but-no-cigar attempt to dig out of a 23-point hole.

If the Cardinals can’t sign Campbell to a long-term deal, don’t be surprised if they use the franchise tag.  They used the device to hold Karlos Dansby in place for two seasons, before letting him leave for Miami.

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5 Responses to “Calais Campbell, Cardinals making some progress toward a new deal”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 25, 2011 4:58 PM

    Pony it up.

  2. sndvl99 says: Dec 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    “The Cardinals like Campbell a lot, but the Cardinals historically haven’t devoted a bunch of money to home-grown products not named “Larry Fitzgerald.””

    Seriously??? Just in the last year, the Cards threw Huge money at Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett. Must be fun to run a football website without doing any sort of fact checking.

  3. bigredjbird says: Dec 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    Yeah this is funny, because it’s completely erroneous in that they don’t wanna pay anybody. Not to mention Dockett and Wilson but the Cardinals also matched the offer made by the Giants to Rolle. Dansby got way overpaid but followed the money, can’t blame the Cardinals. Besides look and the money they threw at Kolb. Mike Bidwill is now running this team and he wants to win. I’ll bet the Campbell deal gets done.

  4. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 26, 2011 1:04 AM

    As much as I dislike the Cardinals, I had to vote for Campbell on the ProBowl ballot. As a 49er fan (or any non-Cardinal NFC West fan), would prefer if this guy signed elsewhere.

    Based on the games I’ve seen this season, Campbell looks like he has become the most troublesome member of the Cardinals D and a headache for ST coordinators as well.

  5. pavelfitzgerald says: Dec 26, 2011 1:13 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with the other 2 posters – this team HAS been spending money. Please research before making off the cuff remarks. They hadto cut ties with Dansby because (altho he’s good) he got overpaid.

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