Arizona Cardinals Sign DE Calais Campbell to Long-Term Deal

Shaun Church@@NFLChurchContributor IMay 10, 2012

(Photo credit to Sam Flood/Minnesota Timberwolves)
(Photo credit to Sam Flood/Minnesota Timberwolves)

The Arizona Cardinals kept the promise that was made to star defensive end Calais Campbell Thursday, signing him to a five-year deal. The exact numbers have yet to be released, but that is not important.

The important thing is that Campbell will stay with the team that drafted him in the second round—No. 50 overall—of the 2008 NFL Draft.

As pointed out by Darren Urban of, Campbell is No. 4 in a line of players Arizona said it would extend—and did. The others were safety Adrian Wilson, fellow defensive end Darnell Dockett and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Campbell was perhaps the best player along the Cardinals front seven in 2011, and his long-term signing means the defense can continue to grow and improve without the worry that its previously franchise-tagged star would leave for greener pastures following the 2012 season.

A press conference will be held Friday at 1 p.m. MST to make the deal official, says Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

Congratulations, Mr. Campbell, on a well-deserved contract. You have earned your keep, and I think I speak for all fans when I say we look forward to your domination for at least the next five seasons.