The Ravens have agreed to trade a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for defensive lineman Calais Campbell and will sign him to a two-year deal, according to multiple reports.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade, while NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport reported that the Ravens and Campbell are close to a two-year, $27 million deal. Campbell was scheduled to make $15 million in base salary in 2020 prior to the trade.
The new league year begins March 18, which is when the transactions will presumably be completed.
Campbell, who will turn 34 Sept. 1, was drafted out of Miami (Fla.) in 2008 by the Arizona Cardinals. He played in Arizona from 2008-2016 and has played the last three years in Jacksonville. He has missed just six games throughout his 12-year career.
The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Campbell, who will likely be a defensive end in the Ravens’ 3-4 scheme, has racked up 696 tackles (151 for loss), 88 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries during his career. In 2019, Campbell posted 56 tackles and 6.5 sacks and was named Pro Football Focus’ top run defender for the season.
Between his durability and productivity, Campbell has long been a reliable presence on the field — and off the field, too. He earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2019 for his work with the Charles Richard Campbell Foundation.
The Ravens applied the franchise tag on outside linebacker Matthew Judon March 13, which keeps him off the open market. Should the Ravens keep Judon rather than trade him, the club will have a productive edge rusher in Judon and a versatile interior pass rusher in Campbell.