Defensive end Aaron Kampman was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, after appearing in just 11 games (eight starts) for the club the past two seasons, and there is speculation the 10-year veteran will retire. That might eventually be the case, but only if no one offers Kampman, who will turn 33 on Nov. 30, a chance that he finds to his liking. And that almost certainly means a 4-3 defensive team, perhaps one with a playoff shot, and one that could afford him the opportunity to ring up 5-8 sacks at least as a situation rusher. Kampman would like to play in 2012, and has said that he is healthy enough to contribute. Hampered by knee problems the last several years, Kampman, who signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Jags in 2010, despite an ACL injury in Green Bay in '08, had only four sacks during his time in Jacksonville, but 54 of his 58 career sacks have come as a 4-3 end. When he played strong-side linebacker for the Packers in 2009, Kampan registered just 3.5 sacks, his fewest since he had two in his year in the league. In the three-year stretch 2008-2010, Kampman notched 37 sacks, including a career best 15.5 in '06, while lining up at the left end slot. He's had ACL surgery on both knees, but still feels he's got something left, and is hoping some 4-3 club feels the same way.
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