Baltimore Ravens release DE Calais Campbell, but leave door open for his return
Another veteran defensive player has hit the market.
The Baltimore Ravens released defensive end Calais Campbell, the team announced Monday.
The 15-year NFL veteran spent the last three seasons with the Ravens. He tallied 113 tackles and 11 sacks in 41 regular-season games in Baltimore.
Despite Campbell's release, there is a chance the Ravens re-sign the 36-year-old.
"Calais defines what it is to be a Raven," Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. "He personifies professionalism, and his contributions to our organization – both on and off the field – are immense. With his passion, leadership and toughness, Calais has undoubtedly produced a Hall of Fame-worthy career.
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"While this is the worst part of the business, we have not closed the door on the possibility of him returning to our team in the future.”
The Ravens save $7 million on the salary cap, according to NFL.com.
Campbell is a six-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team. He's amassed 809 tackles, 99 sacks and 165 tackles for loss in 227 career games.
Campbell was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. He spent nine seasons in Arizona before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars and then Ravens.
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