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Baltimore Ravens GM Eric DeCosta announced that the team has officially released veteran DL Calais Campbell, according to Ravens insider Jamison Hensley.
The team didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing him back, but they needed to make this move for salary cap purposes, saving $7 million in cap space.
Ravens announce they’ve released DE Calais Campbell.
Baltimore creates $7M in cap space with the move, and the Ravens can now fit Lamar Jackson’s $32.416M franchise tag under the salary cap.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) March 13, 2023
The Ravens have officially become salary-cap compliant with this move, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
The 36-year-old has been a part of the organization for the past three seasons, repeatedly delaying his retirement, and he was still under contract for another season.
Despite his ripe age, Campbell continued to be one of the most prominent figures on their defense, recording 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 14 quarterback hits.
Those numbers took his personal tally to 11 sacks, 36 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 113 tackles in his three seasons with the organization, earning one Pro Bowl selection there.
A 15-year veteran, Campbell currently leads all defensive linemen in both games played (227) and starts (208).
He’s also made it to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team and is just one sack shy from reaching 100 in his career.
Campbell is going to gauge some league-wide interest on team-friendly deals, and a return to Baltimore isn’t off the table.
Baltimore just re-signed DE Brent Urban, and all of their defensive linemen will be signed at least throughout the season, so they should make it a priority to bring him back and get some continuity for that stout defensive unit.
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