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Jaguars land big free agent in Calais Campbell

Roy Cummings



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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.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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