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Cardinals sign Calais Campbell to five-year contract

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The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that they have signed defensive end and 2012 franchise player Calais Campbell to a new five-year contract.

The deal should clear up some cap space. Via his one-year franchise tender, Campbell was counting $10.605 million against the Cardinals’ salary cap.

Considered a talented underachiever coming out of Miami in 2008, Campbell has developed into one of the NFL’s top 3-4 defensive ends. Still only 25 years old, Campbell has amassed 21 sacks and 180 tackles over the past three seasons. With long arms at 6-foot-8 and 300 pounds, Campbell has also swatted away 17 passes.

Campbell’s new five-year contract locks him in with the Cardinals through 2016.

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18 Responses to “Cardinals sign Calais Campbell to five-year contract”
  1. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: May 10, 2012 7:49 PM


  2. jhart615 says: May 10, 2012 7:59 PM

    One of the more underrated DE’s in the league. He doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. Great job by the Cardinals to lock this guy up.

  3. dwoofer says: May 10, 2012 8:03 PM


  4. satanphoenix says: May 10, 2012 8:08 PM

    Big Birdgang wingtip up!!!

  5. nineroutsider says: May 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    The red birds are going to be great on D this year. They played really solid D the last 6-8 games last year and went under the radar. Everyone will know about the Cards D this year I think, although I’m hoping I’m wrong. Acho was a beast too that others will learn more about this year.

    Campbell is a field goal blocking machine too, annoyingly. The NFC West will be more interesting this year, that’s for sure.

  6. bigredjbird says: May 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    Very glad the Cardinals were able to lock him up, dudes a stud

  7. wrathofgodzilla says: May 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    He’s nothing but classy. Gotta love Calais. I was kind of hoping that he would come back home to Colorado and play for the Donkeys but I wish him the best in Arizona!

  8. beardinals says: May 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    Don’t forget about more blocked kicks than anyone should have the right to.

  9. e23r0 says: May 10, 2012 8:36 PM

    Wonderful news! GO CARDINALS!

  10. gallaghedj311 says: May 10, 2012 8:40 PM

    Loved him coming outta college. Wished my eagles drafted him. Wish u the best Mr Campbell!

  11. shotgunnaz says: May 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    Good job, I was worried they wouldn’t get this done until next season. This guy is going to be a stud (already is) for our D the next 5 years. Dockett and Campbell are going to be Beasts this year.

  12. icardfan says: May 10, 2012 9:56 PM

    Great job Mr. Graves, Mr. Bidwill.

  13. pavelfitzgerald says: May 10, 2012 10:28 PM

    Nice unbiased analysis nineroutside.

    He is vastly under rated. This defence really is & turned it on late in the year. If Peterson develops more as a DB (& not just as returner) & Acho continues to develop they can do some damage. The 49er/Cards rivalry should only be getting better

  14. Canyonero says: May 10, 2012 11:12 PM

    Yes, great news!!

  15. rarelyclever says: May 11, 2012 12:01 AM

    One of the only DE’s in the league that knocks down more passes than most CB’s. I wish you had reported what the contract was worth.

  16. alldonesmith says: May 11, 2012 1:45 AM

    Very smart of them to extend this guy. Campbell is extremely underrated outside the NFCW. Seems like half the time Zona’s D makes a big play against my 9ers, it’s Campbell sticking his long arms up and knocking down a pass or blocking a field goal. Definitely not looking forward to going up against him twice a year for the next five or so. You’ve got a good one there, Cards fans.

  17. sportsmeccabi says: May 11, 2012 6:53 AM

    I guess Larry Fitzgerald decided he wanted him.

  18. dawglb says: May 11, 2012 10:05 PM

    Would have preferred Neve Campbell.

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