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Report: Calais Campbell Traded to Ravens from Jaguars for 2020 NFL Draft Pick

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 01: Calais Campbell #93 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at TIAA Bank Field on December 01, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Defensive lineman Calais Campbell has been traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Baltimore Ravens, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The move will be official once the new league year begins on Wednesday.

The Jaguars received a 2020 fifth-round pick in return. 

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The fifth-round pick the Ravens are trading, which was their lone 5th, was from the Minnesota Vikings in the Kaare Vedvik trade last summer. So the Ravens turned two fifth-round picks into two Pro Bowl players: Marcus Peters and Calais Campbell.

Rapoport later reported Campbell and the Ravens are finalizing a two-year contract worth $27 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

Campbell later took to social media to bid farewell to Jacksonville:

Calais Campbell @CalaisCampbell

(1/6) Like anything in life, they say great things only last for so long. My time in Jacksonville has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with love, support and pure joy from the Duval community. https://t.co/jzfcSxZzSX

Calais Campbell @CalaisCampbell

(3/6) make lives better for those who felt they didn’t have a voice or didn’t have opportunity. To the people of Jacksonville, my commitment still stands. Even though I won’t be playing for your team, the work that the CRC Foundation has started in Northeast FL will continue.

Calais Campbell @CalaisCampbell

(5/6) Your kindness and enthusiasm fueled me to be a better player and a better member of your community. It was one of the great honors of my life to wear teal and black and I’ll forever be grateful for how my time as a Jaguar changed my life.

Calais Campbell @CalaisCampbell

(6/6) They say to always leave a place better than you found it and I hope thats what I’ve done in Duval. Thank you for believing and allowing me to live out my dream. It was a true honor to be your Mayor of Sacksonville.

He later told ESPN's Josina Anderson:

"I think that the Ravens had a special season last year. I feel like I can add some value in a couple places. I feel like this is a team where everyone has bought in. The goal next season is to get a championship. I'm still chasing a ring.

"Two weeks ago I wouldn't have even thought it was possible that I would get traded. Then once I saw A.J. (Bouye) leave that made me pause. Then I was told to stay by my phone & now I'm a Raven. I am excited to play along with that Ravens secondary."

Campbell was named Defensive MVP at January's Pro Bowl.

Lamar Jackson, Campbell's new teammate, earned Offensive MVP at the game before being named the AP NFL MVP on Feb. 1:

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Jaguars are trading star DE Calais Campbell to the Ravens for a 5th-round pick, per @RapSheet and @TomPelissero. Deal will go through once the league year opens. https://t.co/8yN30uDKO7

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Campbell will give the Ravens an interior pass-rush presence that they've lacked for years. He has 88 career sacks. Ravens defensive coaches spent plenty of time around Campbell at the Pro Bowl several weeks back so they'll know what they're getting.

Campbell played in Jacksonville from 2017 through last season. His impact as a Jaguar was nearly unmatched:

Field Yates @FieldYates

Calais Campbell is one of three players in the NFL with at least 50 tackles & 6.5 sacks in each of the past three seasons. He's long, powerful, athletic, disruptive & one of the most respected people in the NFL. He's missed just 6 games in 12 years. What a coup for Baltimore.

Campbell was also named the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year, given annually to recognize a player for embodying "excellence on and off the field" in the community. 

Prior to that, the 33-year-old All-Pro played for the Arizona Cardinals for nine years after the franchise drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft. In Arizona, Campbell recorded 56.5 sacks across 138 games (120 starts).

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Calais Campbell: 4th most valuable DL since 2008 https://t.co/PsrRTZEHD6

Campbell had 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 56 tackles (37 solo) across 16 games last season.

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