Throughout the offseason, we’ll be profiling players who may end up in Denver when all is said and done with NFL Free Agency. The Broncos clearly have plenty of holes to fill before they get back to Super-Bowl form and we’ll be examining a long list of players they may choose to help the franchise do just that.
Not only is Calais Campbell one of the biggest defensive lineman in the league—6-foot-8, 300 pounds—he’s one of the best. The former second-round pick, and current Arizona Cardinal, is set to enter free agency on March 9.
Second on Arizona’s all-time sack list with 56.5, Campbell has no problem getting to the quarterback or stuffing the run. For teams with a need on the defensive line, specifically at defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, Campbell is the near perfect player. Conveniently, one of the Denver Broncos’ biggest needs is along their 3-4 defensive line.
Along with all of this, the two-time Pro Bowler (2014 and 2015) is very consistent both in his play and his durability. Campbell holds the Cardinals’ franchise record for the most seasons with six-plus sacks at seven. Additionally, the nine-year vet played in 77 percent of the Cardinals defensive snaps, the most on Arizona's defensive line.
As the best 3-4 DE in this free agency class, Campbell doesn’t have many weaknesses. The only noteworthy downside with Campbell is the price tag he can command on the open market.
From Ndamukong Suh’s $19.1 million per year average to Muhammad Wilkerson’s $18 million average, Campbell could be in for a big pay day—north of the $11 million per year he averaged in his last contract with the Cardinals. At 30-years old, Campbell still has a few years left in his prime, but his age could drop his price tag a few million dollars.
How he fits in Denver
If Denver breaks the bank for Campbell, he would be the perfect fit. In terms of productivity the past few years, Campbell would be an upgraded version of Malik Jackson opposite Derek Wolfe.