This article has updated with the news releases. The latest updates are near the bottom of the article.
The news of the Baltimore Ravens trade for Calais Campbell is still fresh but there is already word the Ravens are working on a new deal/extension for the star defensive end.
The reason for revising the contract or an extension is likely due to the enormous cap hit ($17.5 million) Campbell’s contract brings about in 2020.
With Judon’s franchise tag plus Campbell’s contract still likely around $10 million in cap hit this season, it’s fair to assume these are the two big moves the Ravens will make in 2020. That is, unless another franchise is offering their star player for a fifth-round pick.
This is the second mega-trade for the Ravens by general manager Eric DeCosta. The first being the Marcus Peters trade with the Los Angeles Rams.
DeCosta has now traded LB Kenny Young and two fifth-round picks for two All-Pro defenders. It’s fair to say DeCosta is doing everything possible for a Super Bowl championship over these next few seasons.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Ravens and Campbell are now finalizing a two-year, $27 million deal.
The #Ravens and new DL Calais Campbell are finalizing a 2-year new deal for $27M, sources say. It gives him $20 guaranteed after the trade from the #Jaguars. It’s not completely done yet, but sounds like it will be.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2020
This should have said 2021* season. I apologize. Was told two-year extension but it actually supplants 2020 and runs through 2021. https://t.co/jGhtP9dXCC— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 15, 2020
According to ESPN Insider Dan Graziano, the Campbell deal is a new deal, rather than the current end of Campbell’s initial contract. So this is a new contract which runs through 2021. Good term and the money may be large but it’s worth it for the blue-chip star.