JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The "Mayor of Sacksonville" is on the move. And the Baltimore Ravens made quite the deal to land veteran Calais Campbell, essentially giving up a backup kicker who spent time on five NFL rosters over the last eight months for a five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who's also the reigning Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
The Ravens agreed Sunday to trade a fifth-round draft pick in the upcoming draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Campbell, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade can't become official until the new league begins Wednesday.
It's a great value for the Ravens and a downright steal considering they're parting ways with the 170th overall pick, which they got by trading place-kicker Kaare Vedvik to Minnesota last August. The Vikings cut Vedvik three weeks later.
Now, they're working to get Campbell a new contract that should make one of the league's best defenses even better.
“Like anything in life, they say great things only last for so long,” Campbell said in a lengthy and heartfelt goodbye posted on Twitter. "My time in Jacksonville has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with love, support and pure joy from the Duval community. ...
“They say to always leave a place better than you found it and I hope that's what I’ve done in Duval. Thank you for believing and allowing me to live out my dream. It was a true honor to be your Mayor of Sacksonville.”
The 33-year-old Campbell was due to make $15 million in the final year of his contract and would have counted $17.5 million against Jacksonville's salary cap. The Jaguars will take on $2.5 million in dead money by trading Campbell.
Campbell has made three straight Pro Bowls since landing in Jacksonville. He was instrumental in helping rookie Josh Allen make a successful transition to the NFL last year. Allen was a Pro Bowl alternate and made the all-star team as a replacement.