We told you earlier here at FloridaFootballInsiders that, just as they were expected to do, the Jaguars would probably prove to be big players in free agency yet again this year.
Well, they are proving us right. On the heels of the news that the Jags have agreed to terms on a deal for safety Barry Church comes news that they have also agreed to terms on a deal for defensive end Calais Campbell.
Dianna Russini first reported the news for ESPN.
Campbell was considered one of the top defensive linemen in free agency but for some reason – and we don’t think it’s his age – the Cardinals didn’t want him back and the Bucs apparently, didn’t want him either.
We mention the Bucs because outside of Arizona, no one may know Campbell better than Bucs GM Jason Licht, who was part of the Cardinals organization when Campbell was brought in there.
The fact that neither of those two teams wanted Campbell is cause for concern, perhaps, but whatever that concern is, it is now the Jaguars concern.
One thing’s for sure: the Jaguars now have one of the deepest defensive fronts in the AFC, if not in all of football. This, as Campbell will probably replace Jared Odrick on a line that already includes Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler Jr.
That’s a pretty scary group, and as we said before, the Jaguars probably are not done. They went into free agency with more than $70 million in cap space and the guess here is they continue to spend most of it.