Well, looks like one possible Tampa Bay Buccaneers target is off the market. Defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who was briefly linked to the Bucs the last couple of weeks, will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to many reports, — for $14 million per year.
Calais Campbell's deal with the Jags will average $14M/season. Wow. Lot of money tied up in that DL— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2017
That is a whole lot of money for a 30-year-old defensive lineman. Granted, Campbell is very good and versatile — but that’s almost as much as Gerald McCoy got in his big 2016 deal. It’s a few years later, but that’s still an absurd amount of money for someone not in his prime.
Which is perhaps why the rumors of the Bucs’ interest disappeared in the last few days. There’s no way they were going to pay that kind of cash — they have cap space, but they’re usually not interested in top-of-the-market deals with old free agents. Or with any free agents, for that matter.