A few days ago it was reported that the Tampa bay Buccaneers are taking a good, hard look at Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson as a potential free agency signing. On Sunday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs are also interested in Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell.
And the Buccaneers are inclined to keep pushing to get in the postseason. Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell and Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson are just two of the players they are interested in.
The interest isn’t unfamiliar, but it is interesting. When debating what to do with Tampa’s own 6-foot-7 defensive end William Gholston, who hits unrestricted free agency this Tuesday, some have cited Campbell’s success as a reason to keep Gholston due to them being the same size at the same position – Campbell is 6-foot-8.
Campbell has played his entire nine-year career in Arizona. Campbell, like Gholston, has never recorded double digit sacks before, but his numbers in that category are much higher than Gholston’s.
Acquiring Campbell would likely mean that the team would not be bringing Gholston back, as the expectation is for Noah Spence to be the full-time starter on one end. Campbell has played both inside and out for Arizona’s 3-4 system, so he could play inside at a 1-tech as well, but you wonder how much they’ll be willing to pay him to do that if they, in fact, bring Gholston back.
This could also just be general manager Jason Licht covering all his bases by staying open to bringing in any player he needs to should one of his guys test free agency or demand too much money.
Whatever it is, we know the interest is there, and the more cases like this are brought to light, the more Bucs fans can be confident that this front office is going to do whatever it takes to get over the hump and into the playoffs.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
I thought he was more of a 3-4 guy?
He came from the Miami hurricanes in college and they ran a standard 4-3 there so to answer your question horse, he’s versitile
I would love to see Tampa bring this guy on. PFF has him as the top free agent and as a top ten edge guy last season. He’s basically a rich mans Gholston. Take the $6M they were going to pay him, and maybe double it for 2-3 years. All of a sudden this d line looks dominant. He should be the number one target in free agency.
I was hoping JonnyG would give us some intel on one of his local team’s better players.
They re-singed Gholston, Sign him anyway.
Dt would be McCoy/Gholston/ McDonald/ Cambell. Looks good to me.
Sounds like a Scottish football club.
Acquiring Campbell should have nothing to do with re-signingGholston. Campbell played DT in a 4-3 scheme in college which is the exact role he would have here. Put him next to McCoy, Put Ayers and Gholston at end on the early downs then bring in Spence and Jac.Smith on passing downs to get after the QB. They could even toy with some 3-4 looks with Campbell and NT, McCoy and Ayers/Gholston at the other end then rush Spence and Smith from a standup LB position. This would help the line and eliminate the need to use draft picks on the DL this year. Hopefully it happens just like the DJax signing.
Calais plays the run extremely well has long arms and will also block down passes or get hand on ball for tipped passes, has great swim move and bull rush he is not a quick twitch guy who will turn the corner on you but count on him to get you 7-9 sacks a yr. He is also a great leader and community guy I have met him and son has a picture with him he even gave my son pointers on how to pass rush said “you got to extend the arms and hand punch the o line back off his feet leverage is everything”, if Cards are going to lose him I’d be happy he came to Tampa.
Thanks JonnyG. I knew you’d be able to give us a scouting report.
Now that we’ve got Will Gholston resigned, Campbell is still an interesting opportunity. Let’s see what happens in the next three days when FA opens up.
You can’t have too much talent on DL. Bring Campbell here and we will see greatness.
I have often called for someone to play next to GMC…it would be a really interesting front with Campbell…alas, it is definitely not our GM’s m.o. Licht is not spending top FA money on any player in FA…not any of them, not now not ever. If you’re looking for the Licht FA signings look for depth players, probably round two of FA.
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