The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed defensive end Calais Campbell to a two-year, $12.5 million deal. Below, you’ll find the reactions to this move from some of our staff here at Baltimore Beatdown.
Calais Campbell is a difference-maker, and it’s good to see him re-sign with the Ravens. I had my doubts after defensive tackle Michael Pierce was signed, even though the Ravens were saying General Manager Eric DeCosta and Campbell were in talks with one another. But now, the big man is back and with a solid pairing of Pierce beside him.
This has the makings of a strong, revamped defensive posture. With new Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald leading the charge, along with the big-name signing of safety Marcus Williams, this could be a great defense. They have one of the best starting four defensive backs on paper. Paired with a pass rush of linebacker Odafe Oweh and the defensive line starting Calais Campbell, Michael Pierce, Justin Madubuike and Derek Wolfe, and there’s a real likelihood that the sack numbers begin to flourish.
In closing, the Ravens wanted to fix their pass defense and Campbell is a part of that. He’s solid against the run but him commanding a double team will free up a rusher eventually. It’s good to see Campbell back. — Kyle Barber
Even after signing defensive tackle Michael Pierce, the Ravens were still thin along the defensive line. Re-signing Campbell rounds the group out and gives the team more flexibility in the draft. Campbell may not be the dominant force he once was, but he is still playing at a high level, particularly against the run. It will be interesting to see if Campbell can get back to sacking the quarterback under new Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald. Regardless, Campbell demands attention from opposing offensive lines and will help to free up other players in the front seven. — Dustin Cox
Still a dominant force in the run game, the return of defensive end Calais Campbell was necessary. In a weaker defensive linemen class, trying to rebuild and get younger this year would have been difficult. Keeping Campbell in a rotational role should help his pass rush juice as well, while letting young guys like Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington grow. I’m curious to see how Campbell fits in MacDonald, a guy who rarely used more than two defensive linemen in his personnel while at Michigan. — Zach Canter
Calais Campbell is still one of the better defenders in the NFL. He consistently overwhelms one-on-one blocks in the run game and still is able to maneuver into pressure and helps tie up tackles on stunts. While his sack production hasn’t been strong, his length and pressure have been contributing factors in the pass rush. The Ravens could still stand to add a younger presence in the defensive front to learn from Campbell. While it would’ve been ideal to see Baltimore bring in a younger player that they can bank on, there weren’t many of those on the market this year. Campbell ensures they have a competent defensive front ahead of the draft — Spencer Schultz
Even though the Ravens have expressed the desire to get younger on the defensive line this offseason, bringing back their top veteran free agent was a smart move made even better given that it was at the right price. Campbell will continue to be the unquestioned leader and most proven consistent performer in the Ravens’ defensive line room for the next two years although if the team wins it all in 2022, he might not return for the second year of the contract opting to ride off into the sunset Ray Lewis style. He is still an elite run defender and potent pass rusher even if his sack totals since coming to Baltimore don’t reflect it. I fully expect the Ravens to replenish their ranks at the position with another defensive lineman or two in the draft but re-signing Campbell gives the most solid of foundations. — Joshua Reed