Calais Campbell, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, has signed a two-year agreement with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced on Saturday. According to our sources, Campbell’s contract is worth $12.5 million but may be worth up to $16.5 million with incentives.
After watching the Los Angeles Rams celebrate their victory, Campbell, 35, opted to return for his 15th NFL season after briefly considering retirement, stating he still had the drive to play. After spending the previous two seasons in Baltimore, he will now have the opportunity to finish his career there and pursue that elusive Super Bowl ring.
The Ravens addressed two areas of need while strengthening their defensive leadership during the previous two days, bringing back middle linebacker Josh Bynes on Friday and keeping Campbell on Saturday. Lamar Jackson and Tony Jefferson II of the Ravens flocked to Twitter to express their delight at Campbell’s return. Campbell, a six-time Pro Bowler, is recognized for his ability to get to the quarterback.
According to insiders, in his two seasons with Baltimore, however, he was more of a run-stopper than a pass-rusher, recording 4.5 sacks, including 1.5 last season. With the Ravens, Campbell’s durability has been an issue. Campbell has missed six of Baltimore’s last 25 games since his 98-game start streak ended. Since 2000, he has been one of just four NFL defenders with at least 700 tackles and 85 sacks. His 93.5 career sacks rank 10th among active players, and his 773 career tackles rank 12th.
After six trips to the playoffs, Campbell is still looking for his first Super Bowl victory. He spent nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draught, and three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being sold to the Ravens in March 2020 for a fifth-round pick.