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.