The Jacksonville Jaguars made a massive splash in early free agency by handing a defensive lineman a huge contract for the second year in a row, this time locking up Calais Campbell to a mammoth deal in free agency.
Ahead of the 4 p.m. ET start to the NFL league year ( ), the Jaguars have reportedly agreed to terms .
And it wasn’t cheap: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Jaguars handed Campbell a deal that will pay him $60 million over four years with $30 million guaranteed.
Campbell was thought to be the prime target for the Jaguars in free agency, and he was always going to get paid. He briefly flirted with his hometown Denver Broncos, but ultimately settled on the Jaguars because of a significant financial difference between the two offers.
Campbell is 30 and will turn 31 in September, but he’s been a dominant, versatile player on the Cardinals’ defensive front for the last three years, compiling eight sacks in 2016. He recorded 20 sacks the last three years and 12 passes defensed. He’s also incredible against the run and just an underrated defensive player in the mold of Justin Smith.
Expect plenty of offseason Jaguars hype pieces this year. Time is a flat circle.