Nearly a day after NFL free agency opened, the Ravens on Thursday officially announced their trade for Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell, who has agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2021, pending the passing of a physical.
The deal for Campbell was completed Sunday, but NFL teams had to wait until the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon to complete transactions. Coronavirus concerns also have held up the finalizing of deals. The Ravens are trading a fifth-round pick for Campbell, whose salary cap hit in the last year of his Jaguars contract was $15 million.
The versatile 6-foot-8 Campbell graded as the NFL’s second-best edge defender last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He was named to his third straight Pro Bowl and fifth in six seasons after posting 6½ sacks, 25 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss. Over his final three seasons in Jacksonville, he had 31½ sacks and was rated no lower than the league’s No. 26 overall player by PFF.
“Calais is a player we have long admired, even going back to the draft when he came out of college,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a release. “He’s a natural fit for our defense and a versatile player who plays like a Raven. Even better, he is a leader on the field and in the community. We are so excited to add Calais and can’t wait to welcome the Campbell family to Baltimore in person.”
The Ravens have yet to announce their three-year deal with Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers or contract extensions for defensive end Jihad Ward and defensive tackle Justin Ellis.