Report: Cardinals unlikely to sign Calais Campbell or Tony Jefferson

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It looks like the Cardinals defense will be down a couple of key players from last year’s unit when the team returns to work this offseason.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that word around the Scouting Combine this week is that the Cardinals will lose both defensive end Calais Campbell and safety Tony Jefferson as free agents. Per Somers, the players — who rank 10th and 14th on PFT’s list of the top 100 free agents — are “going to command more money” than the Cardinals will be willing or able to pay them to remain in Arizona.

Campbell’s departure would leave the Cardinals without a player that has been a fixture in the Arizona lineup since coming to the team as a second-round pick in 2008. Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver reported this week that the Broncos are expected to make a run at signing Campbell.

Jefferson hits free agency after the Cardinals signed Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu to long-term deals and at a moment when they used the franchise tag to lock up linebacker Chandler Jones and a fair chunk of cap space. That’s made his departure a likely outcome for some time.

Somers reports that re-signing safety D.J. Swearinger and tight end Jermaine Gresham would take on a higher priority if things play out as expected with Campbell and Jefferson.

37 responses to “Report: Cardinals unlikely to sign Calais Campbell or Tony Jefferson

  1. He most likely ends up in Seattle. He has friends on the team and a quarterback & coaching staff that has proven it can win Super Bowls.

  2. Man that is some terrible news… Campbell is the heart of the defense and Jefferson is the best safety you never heard of in the NFL… This one stings… Sure do wish there was a way to keep them both from chasing the almighty dollar…

  3. “He most likely ends up in Seattle. He has friends on the team and a quarterback & coaching staff that has proven it can win Super Bowls.”

    That would be Super Bowl. Singular. I guess you dynasty in your own mind fans need a reminder.

    Lolz

  4. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:12 PM
    He most likely ends up in Seattle. He has friends on the team and a quarterback & coaching staff that has proven it can win Super Bowls.

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    Seattle has started players from Arizona’s trash heap before so it’s understandable that some of their newer fans would want good players the Cardinals won’t pay.

  5. That loud BANG sound you heard is the Cardinals window slamming shut. The defense was pretty weak last year with both of these guys – and with decrepit turnover machine Carson Palmer leading the offense, the Cards NEED a strong defense – so they continue their slide into less-than-mediocre. The only saving grace for the team is that the pendulum has swung, and the NFC West is once again one of the worst divisions in the NFL, so they can count on at least 4 wins. 5-11?

  6. Too much panicking, esp those eediots that say the Cards will go 5-11. Campbell is good, but AZ is pretty deep on the D-line. Meanwhile, Jefferson is a decent safety, but do you really want your safety playing as a LB more than a cover guy? I think Swearinger is a much better value (and possibly player) than TJ is, and he can handle coverage better than TJ, too.

    The priority was to lock up Jones, and AZ did. TJ and CC are expendable and are not game breakers, although I do wish them well whereever they may go.

  7. Tampa has a mountain of cash to over pay, a franchise QB, no state income tax, a team on the rise, and the only holes on their defense are at DL and Saftey…..Light and Kiem are best buds, …just connecting dots here..but the Bucs make a lot of sense for both.

  8. chieftaindawg says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:11 PM
    Tony, come to New England!
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    Safety is not an area of concern right now with McCourty and Chung. The draft is also stacked with edge rushers, so Campbell doesn’t seem like an option either. The Patriots should use that wealth of cap space and sign their own (Hightower, Butler, and Harmon) and look to replace Logan Ryan. He’s probably gone.

  9. Arizona is back to being a doormat. Their claim to fame is winning the division last year and…and…a overtime playoff game. How exciting is it to be a Card fan….closer to looking like an expansion team than a Super Bowl contender.

  10. “He most likely ends up in Seattle. He has friends on the team and a quarterback & coaching staff that has proven it can win Super Bowls.”
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    Please explain how the quarterback for the Seahawks has proven he can win a SB? Guy can’t even win a few games if the defense is average. That team HAD a defense that proved it could win a SB.

  11. Everyone saying the Cards are done if Campbell and Jefferson leave…please you have no freaking clue!

    1. Jefferson played himself into a big payday last season. No team is going to pay a safety like Jefferson 7-8 mill a year when you already have two big contracts in the secondary.

    2. Keim expected Campbell to walk so he drafted Nkemdiche. He will show a big improvement in year two. Calais is a great player, but he wants a lot of money for a guy who is 31.

    The Jones tag has nothing to do with these two guy leaving. Jones will end up signing a long term deal before the season starts.

    Badger will be back and healthy. Clueless people who don’t watch the Cardinals don’t know they had 5 guys play Right Guard. They played games with one starting OLineman. Injuries and bad kicking crippled this team. A bounce back year is certainly possible even without CC and Jefferson

  12. Oh good god people….

    Calais Campbell will be 31 years old the start of the 2017 season…

    Chandler Jones is 27.

    Love how Patriot fans claim the ” Genius ” of not spending money, yet….Slam a team for not spending money on a guy they would never even think of spending top dollar on.

    Classic

  13. scmems07 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:21 PM
    “He most likely ends up in Seattle. He has friends on the team and a quarterback & coaching staff that has proven it can win Super Bowls.”
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    Please explain how the quarterback for the Seahawks has proven he can win a SB? Guy can’t even win a few games if the defense is average. That team HAD a defense that proved it could win a SB.
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    He was the only quarterback to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots last year. He’s pretty good.

  14. I bet he ends up here in denver because he is from here and went to high school here. He would love a chance to play for his home town team. If Elway wants him he will get him.

  15. scmems07 says:
    “He most likely ends up in Seattle. He has friends on the team and a quarterback & coaching staff that has proven it can win Super Bowls.”
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    Please explain how the quarterback for the Seahawks has proven he can win a SB? Guy can’t even win a few games if the defense is average. That team HAD a defense that proved it could win a SB.
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    Try googling “Russell Wilson Super Bowl Trophy.” Also, he had a 123.8 QB rating in that game.

    Other than that, nothing.

  16. eagler927 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 9:06 PM
    Everyone saying the Cards are done if Campbell and Jefferson leave…please you have no freaking clue!

    1. Jefferson played himself into a big payday last season. No team is going to pay a safety like Jefferson 7-8 mill a year when you already have two big contracts in the secondary.

    2. Keim expected Campbell to walk so he drafted Nkemdiche. He will show a big improvement in year two. Calais is a great player, but he wants a lot of money for a guy who is 31.

    The Jones tag has nothing to do with these two guy leaving. Jones will end up signing a long term deal before the season starts.

    Badger will be back and healthy. Clueless people who don’t watch the Cardinals don’t know they had 5 guys play Right Guard. They played games with one starting OLineman. Injuries and bad kicking crippled this team. A bounce back year is certainly possible even without CC and Jefferson
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    Your QB is 37 and has never won a big game, your best receiver is 33, your best DL is about to defect to the Seahawks, Matthieu can’t get through a season healthy, Peterson can’t cover big receivers, you’re losing your best safety, your coach is a disrespectful loudmouth with health problems and Nkemdiche is a stiff.

    5-11. Enjoy your next 10 years of irrelevance.

  17. Try googling “Russell Wilson Super Bowl Trophy.” Also, he had a 123.8 QB rating in that game.
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    Go look up Wilson’s record when the defense doesn’t play at an elite level, 3-16 when the defense gives up 25+ pts. If you think Wilson had anything to do with winning that SB game then you are sadly mistaken. That defense shut the broncos down and the broncos were missing most of their best players on defense including Miller.

  18. Cardinals fans know the team has been drafting for the loss of Campbell after his contract was up, with athletic freak Rodney Gunter in 2015 and Robert Nkemdiche last year. We have several other solid young Dlinemen as well. Forward-thinking fans are worried we’d throw too much money at Campbell, now 31 yrs old. Dlinemen typically regress around 31-33 and usually sharply. We also know that CC had a great season last year in a contract year largely due to Chandler Jones being added next to him…he was often criticized for not playing too his potential by Arians in the years before. He’s a great guy and vocal leader though, a fan favorite and local radio guy. We all hope he cashes in big somewhere and has some great years left.

    Tony is different. Pre-season we all hoped we would be able to keep 2 of Chandler Jones, Campbell and WR Michael Floyd. Floyd turned out to make the decision easy with a terrible season of drops ending with a DUI, but Jefferson surprised and emerged as a top safety. However, DJ Swearinger has proven to play very well, Honey Badger should be back full speed, we signed T Branch last year, and safety Harlan Miller looked great at the end of last season. We are ok letting someone pay Tony $7-10 million a year hoping he can repeat his 2016 season, and spending our cap on bigger needs such as a RG to protect Palmer and a CB2 opposite Patrick Peterson.

    Best of luck to CC and Tony…whoever gets them will have great guys, great players and potential future cap issues, and we will get great comp picks next year and an overall more improved team spending our cap on positions we have issues and lack of depth in.

  19. Breaking news: the salary cap got even higher this year, some teams have enough salary cap space to purchase countries with, and the free agent crop is really crappy this year. So yes, good players will get massive contracts (think Olivier Vernon) and average players will get very good money.

    Teams like the my Cardinals will have to wait until the end of free agency to go bargain shopping.

    Also, I will miss Calais, have loved him ever since he got drafted. Also happy for Jefferson, UDFA who is a super hard worker, go get your contract dude. You earned it.

  20. scmems07 says:
    Go look up Wilson’s record when the defense doesn’t play at an elite level, 3-16 when the defense gives up 25+ pts.

    Not a Seahawks, fan, but I always laugh when some fan uses dumb stats in an attempt to sound smart.
    Most quarterbacks don’t win a lot of games when their defense consistently allows 25 points or more. It has more to do with the defense than the QB.

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