Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars Calais Campbell appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell has enjoyed a 14-year NFL career, and the soon-to-be 36-year-old is preparing as if the 2022 season will be his last.
During an appearance on NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp Live” on Friday, Campbell revealed that he does not know what lies beyond the upcoming season as far as his football career is concerned.
“I’m in a place right now where I’m just taking it this year. I know I’ve got this year in me,” Campbell said via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “I don’t know if there’s anything left after that, but I’m going to leave it all on the field, empty the tank, and when it’s all said and done, after this year, I’ll reconvene in the offseason to see where I’m at.
“But right now, I’m preparing like this is my last year. So, I’m going to give it everything I have.”
Campbell signed a two-year contract extension with the Ravens earlier this offseason after breaking a streak of four consecutive Pro Bowls last year with one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. He had the second-fewest sacks of his career (1.5) in 15 games, in addition to 49 combined tackles (fourth-fewest of his career) and 12 quarterback hits.
Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell is thinking about calling it a career after the 2021 season.
Campbell, who remains a Pro Bowler entering his 14th NFL season, admitted Tuesday that he has thought about retirement after the upcoming year.
“That’s something I’m still figuring out, I guess,” Campbell said, via Clifton Brown of the team’s official website. “I kind of take it one year at a time. I know that I’ve got this year in me for sure. I’m going to give what I have this year, and then we’ll reevaluate once the season ends.
“It’s definitely something you think about. I used to say when I was younger I wanted to play 15 (years). I didn’t realize how hard 15 was going to be. This is 14 for me. I know I’ve got this in me for sure. I’d still like to play 15. Hopefully I’ve got another one. We’ll see.”
Campbell has been impactful everywhere he’s gone. His biggest years sack-wise came in Jacksonville, where he helped singlehandedly rebrand the defense for a team that nearly made the Super Bowl. The 34-year-old has yet to win a Super Bowl, though, and hasn’t played in one since 2008, when he was a rookie for the Arizona Cardinals.
A report on Thursday claimed some within the Baltimore Ravens organization are “rattled” by the team’s COVID-19 outbreak, and veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell has seemingly confirmed that.
Campbell is among the players who have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Ravens this week. While placement on that list does not necessarily mean a player has contracted the coronavirus, Campbell implied in a tweet on Friday that he has. He responded to some reports about Baltimore’s COVID-19 situation and said players “just want to contain this outbreak.”
“We just want to contain this outbreak! Speaking from experience…you don’t want to catch covid! This virus is brutal!” Campbell wrote. “I pray no one else has to go thru this. This is bigger than football.”
We now know that Campbell and star quarterback Lamar Jackson are among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Despite that and the Ravens closing their facility for the time being, their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is still scheduled for Sunday.
Several players have taken to Twitter to express frustration with the way the NFL is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Steelers players ripped the NFL over the schedule changes, while Campbell seemed to indicate the Ravens are more concerned than annoyed.
Joe Burrow has officially been selected first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. That means he’s been dropped into an AFC North that features two traditional defensive powerhouses in the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Calais Campbell is a new part of that Baltimore defense. The star pass-rusher was quick to welcome Burrow to the NFL with an outstanding tweet.
Hey, @Joe_Burrow10, congrats on being the number 1 overall pick! Can’t wait for us to be properly acquainted
While there are definitely still moves to be made, the bulk of the big free agents and trades in the NFL are behind us. Most stars have new teams, and some moves have definitely been bigger than others. Some have been smarter than others, too — the NFL is full of big-money signings that don’t work out, and huge trades that fall short of their intended impact.
We’re betting these moves won’t fall in those categories. Here are five of the best and sharpest moves of the NFL offseason so far.
5. Ravens trade for Calais Campbell
Campbell has a reputation as a quality teammate, not to mention an excellent pass-rusher. He had 31.5 sacks in three seasons with Jacksonville, and it’s an absolute coup for Baltimore to be able to land him in exchange for only a fifth-round pick. Campbell will solidify Baltimore’s defense and improve their pass rush. The acquisition was even more important now that the Michael Brockers signing fell through.
The two gave the Jags one of the better defensive lines/pass-rushing attacks in the league the last three seasons. Now they’re being separated, and Ngakoue is saying goodbye. He wished Campbell well via Twitter Sunday, calling Calais his “sack brother.”
@CalaisCampbell go eat bro. We know what we started. They never seen nothing like it. All great things come to an end. Unfortunate. #Sackbrothers
The Baltimore Ravens have made a major addition to their defense ahead of free agency, as they have reached an agreement to acquire star defensive end Calais Campbell from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Campbell will be sent to Baltimore in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 33-year-old is in the process of working out a contract extension with the Ravens.
Jaguars and Ravens have agreed to a trade in principle that would send Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell to Baltimore for a 2020 fifth-round pick, per sources. Campbell will try to finalize an extension with Baltimore.
Campbell appeared in all 16 games in each of the three seasons he was with the Jaguars, and he was one of the anchors of their defense. He had 6.5 sacks in 2019 and 31.5 in three years with the Jags.
The Jaguars recently placed the franchise tag on star defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue, though it is clear he wants out of Jacksonville. Trading Campbell is likely just the first of many significant changes for the Jaguars this offseason.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were called for a personal foul at a crucial moment during their game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, and the call was one that simply should not have been made.
Calais Campbell was hit with a 15-yard penalty for lowering his helmet and initiating contact with a runner. In addition to that call being one we rarely see made in the NFL, Campbell was not guilty of it. Replays show that he actually tackled Watson with his arm and did not initiate contact with his helmet at all.
Led with the helmet called on Calais Campbell here.
The penalty gave the Texans a first down in Jacksonville territory, and they ended the drive with a field goal that made it a two-possession game. The officiating crew may have been making a concerted effort to protect Watson because of his nasty eye injury, but that was a terrible call on Campbell. The Jags have every right to be upset about it.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to get back on track this season after a disastrous 2018, and they are hoping their new starting quarterback will help them accomplish that goal. According to veteran defensive tackle Calais Campbell, the 2019 Jags will go as far as Nick Foles can take them.
In an appearance on Ian Rapoport’s “RapSheet & Friends” podcast this week, Campbell made some comments that could be interpreted as putting a ton of pressure on Foles. Or, you could simply look at it as him having massive expectations for his new teammate.
“The thing I love about this year is it really comes down to Nick Foles,” Campbell told Rapoport, as transcribed by Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “He’s a guy who’s over 30, has a lot of experience, won a Super Bowl MVP, but really what he brings is that confidence. He’s a natural leader. When he breaks the team huddle at the end of practice, you can see guys really hear him and that’s so important. Obviously what he can do throwing the ball is great, but what he does for the actual overall team, giving us more confidence and belief.”
The Jaguars still had one of the best defenses in football last season, but they have had a Blake Bortles problem for several years. While they were able to overcome that two years ago en route to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, things fell apart in 2018. Campbell said Foles’ presence changes the entire mindset of the team, which should make the defense even better as well.
“Our defense is incredible, and I feel like we’re going to play so much better trying to get him the ball because we know what he’ll do with it,” he said. “You hear him speak and it’s contagious.”
If Foles plays like he did with the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons, he should be perfect for the Jags. Combine that with another star player who says he’s in a much better place heading into 2019, and Jacksonville has the potential to be one of the best teams in the AFC again.
Unless Campbell knows something the rest of us don’t, there isn’t really any reason to believe this may happen. Smith has been very clear in offering his reasoning for taking a year off, and did not sound like he was open to changing his mind when some questioned the decision. As it stands, there’s no reason for the Jaguars to proceed with much of a thought of getting him back.