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Cardinals say there’s no way Calais Campbell will get away

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Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts, but there’s no chance that he’s leaving Arizona.

Cardinals General manager Rod Graves said on Arizona Sports 620 that one way or the other, Campbell is staying put.

Calais will be with us, rest assured,” Graves said, via the team’s site. “We will continue to focus on getting a long-term deal in place and it’s a process. But he will be an Arizona Cardinals player this year and we are hoping certainly to extend that to a long-term deal. Conversations are continuing with his agent.”

Graves didn’t come right out and say the Cardinals will slap the franchise tag on Campbell, but that’s really a no brainer: If the Cardinals and Campbell can work out a deal, great. If not, Campbell will get the franchise tag and stay in Arizona, one way or the other.

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13 Responses to “Cardinals say there’s no way Calais Campbell will get away”
  1. donny1rodriguez says: Feb 16, 2012 6:45 PM

    in other news Raiders say there’s no way Jason Campbell will get away

  2. cardsfann1 says: Feb 16, 2012 7:01 PM

    Campbell is a stud! He benefits from having Dockett on the other side and all but he is solid against the run and is a hell of a pass rusher… Nobody blocks more kicks either…

  3. mizzouram says: Feb 16, 2012 7:16 PM

    St. Louis Rams fans everywhere just got indigestion.

  4. plum13sec says: Feb 16, 2012 7:20 PM

    Speaking of Cardinals… I have a feeling Daryl washington is there next up and coming defensive stud. as long as jerome simpson isnt about to meet him at the goaline haha

  5. dolfan1 says: Feb 16, 2012 7:25 PM

    Why is it all the former Canes are so AWSOME?

  6. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 16, 2012 7:37 PM

    Aint no mountain high, Aint no valley low
    Aint no desert wide enough baby

    Ill just keep calling, no matter how far
    Oh, Oh, Baby

  7. starfan79 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:49 PM

    Now if they could field a team tht can win tht sorry ass division.

  8. drindt says: Feb 16, 2012 10:19 PM

    Thank you Bidwill. finally spendin some dough, love it.

  9. dino2997 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:04 PM

    Calais Campbell has never had more then 8 sacks in a season. He is an above average run stopper for sure but is he REALLY an elite DE? There is no way I would put the franchise tag on him.

  10. joecb91 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:58 AM

    Calais Campbell has never had more then 8 sacks in a season. He is an above average run stopper for sure but is he REALLY an elite DE? There is no way I would put the franchise tag on him.

    He plays in a 3-4 defense. That is crazy good for a 3-4 DE.

  11. waldropcv says: Feb 17, 2012 6:28 AM

    @dino2997 The Cardinals defensive system is not designed for the DEs to get sacks. They are used to free up space for their OLBs to get the sacks. With that in mind, Campbell has put up very impressive numbers. And I also think that the franchise tag will be used only in order to give them more time to get a long-term contract so that no other team can snatch him up if they don’t have a contract in place by the time free-agency rolls around.

  12. nauhurdler says: Feb 17, 2012 10:37 AM

    With him coming right up the middle and Patrick Peterson coming along the outside, it feels like we are gonna block almost every kick!

  13. tatax5 says: Feb 17, 2012 2:35 PM

    The Cards Defense will be sick next season.

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