Contract Details For De'Vondre Campbell

The contract details are out for the recently signed ILB, De'Vondre Campbell.  Once again the Packers used four void years even though the deal is in reality just a one-year, $2 million deal.

 

YR Base SB Cap # Dead
'21 $990K $202K $1.192M  
'22 VOID $202K $808K $808K
'23 VOID $202K    
'23 VOID $202K    
'24 VOID $202K    

Campbell earned $6 million in 2020 on what was essentially a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals last year.  The Cardinals technically signed him to a five-year deal with $1M base salaries for 2020 through 2024 plus a $5 million signing bonus, but the deal automatically voided if Campbell was still on the roster as of February 12, 2021.  That meant the Campbell and the team had to reach a new deal by February 12th to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent, which did not happen.

I was not overly enthused by the Campbell signing initially after looking up his Pro Football Focus grade for Arizona (49.0 last year) and noting the steep decline in his compensation.  So I went to sites devoted to the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons to find out more about him.  Note that I am unfamiliar with those authors and whether they are competent analysts. 

The Cardinals had and still have a comfortable salary cap situation, more than enough to easily have accommodated the deal Campbell signed with Green Bay.  Of course, they used void years to sign JJ. Watt and let Hassan Reddick and his 12.5 sacks walk (though Reddick only was able to earn a one year, $6 million deal).  The Cardinals signed Jordan Hicks as a free agent to play the mike position in 2019.  I note that Hicks received good grades from Pro Football Focus in three of his four seasons with the Eagles, but his grades declined as an ILB in Arizona in 2019 and 2020 (61.0 and 50.4).  Despite the PFF grades, Hicks was named a team captain for 2020.  Perhaps there is something about the Cardinals' scheme that negatively affects the PFF grades of its inside linebackers.

In this article on Cardswire Jeff Root was not sure whether Campbell could play the mike position and also noted that Hicks had accepted a $3 million pay cut for 2021.  The Cardinals drafted Isaiah Simmons with the eighth overall pick in 2020, but Campbell played ahead of Simmons for most of last season.  The Cardinals followed that up by selecting Zaven Collins with the sixteenth pick in this year's draft.  Those moves probably sealed Campbell's fate in Arizona, assuming that the Cardinals had not always viewed Campbell as a one-year stopgap.  The Cardinals' Head Coach Kingsbury made it clear that the team expected Collins to start at the mike position and Ian Rapoport reported that the team had given Hicks permission to seek a trade. 

An article by Alex Weiner of Sports Illustrated noted that Campbell had a strong start in Arizona but his productivity declined in the last five weeks of the season, a take which is in accord with a comment by one of our readers in a previous article.  Weiner noted that Campbell dealt with some minor injuries later in the season and lost snaps to Simmons as the season wore on but was not sure if the loss of snaps was simply due to the Cardinals' natural desire to see what they had in Simmons or if it was based on the merits. 

Walter Mitchell of Revenge of the Birds opined that Campbell was better in man than in zone coverage.  In this mid-season article, Mitchell noted that Campbell's PFF grade was 48.5 after the first ten games in 2020.  Campbell only has one season with a PFF better than 56, but PFF is not gospel.

The Falcoholic described Campbell as a durable player at strong side linebacker who had some flaws but set a good edge during his four years in Altanta.  The Falcoholic assumed that Campbell would get mid-tier money that the Falcons could not match.   This article from the 2019 season is uncomplimentary, but it has some video of specific plays highlighting Campbell's issues.

The $1 million signing bonus suggests that Campbell will make the 53-man roster short of falling flat on his face.  I am encouraged by Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin and the teams seems to be so as well; I suspect that the Packers signed Campbell for depth and insurance.  It may be aimed at Oren Burks (28.6 PFF grade in 96 snaps), and less likely, at Ty Summers.  It will be interesting to see if Joe Barry gives Campbell reps at the mike position in training camp and preseason games.  It appears that Campbell plays on just one special teams unit given that his career high is 76 snaps on special teams.  Burks played 335 special teams snaps in 2020. 

Still, Campbell is big, fast and has a huge wingspan (80 and 7/8ths inches) along with a ton of experience as a starter.  He has been living on that height/weight/speed projection.  It may be that the guaranteed money spigot closes if he does not produce soon.  Perhaps Joe Barry can bring out his best.

Overthecap has the Packers with $5.01 million in cap space.  Looking forward to the first game of the season when the PS and 52nd/53rd contracts count, I have the Packers with 428K in cap space.  They still need to generate $3 to $5 million more in cap space.      

 

 

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Archie's picture

June 14, 2021 at 08:28 pm

off subject - has the GB press asked Gutey why he didn't get involved in the Julio Jones trade? Seems like it could have killed various birds with a single stone.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

June 14, 2021 at 09:10 pm

Probably because Julio has declined significantly and has a huge salary cap hit.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 14, 2021 at 09:57 pm

But another superduper WR is always the answer.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

June 14, 2021 at 09:23 pm

GB led the league in points scored. They led the league in epa/snap. The offense doesn't need additional help if AR is the QB. If GB spends money on a free agent, it should be on defense, probably at DL, ILB or CB.

Also, 2022's cap looks ugly as it is without adding Jones' deal to the equation.

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packer132's picture

June 15, 2021 at 01:09 pm

I never wanted Julio due to his age (32) and about $15 milllion a year. Packers may have the money to grab a DL of LB off the scrap heap this summer when teams cut. Packers could not afford high end free agents this year or next and many starters will not be on the 2022 team.

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dobber's picture

June 15, 2021 at 05:07 am

HIs problems with foot and soft tissue injuries the last two years (although he managed to play with it in 2019) should be a warning.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

June 14, 2021 at 09:49 pm

Packers are really light at ILB. Barnes: 229; Burks 233; Campbell 232; Harris 231, McDuffie 227, Wilborn 230; and Martin at 240 pounds and Summers at 241. By size, it sure looks like a lot of will linebackers.

Summers has the numbers (measurables) but the light hasn't come on for him so he looks like a mike only. Barnes and particularly Martin have some pop and look like they could play mike; not sure will is either players' best position. Kirksey towards the end of the season looked like the best will on the team.

So I think Will is wide open for Campbell.

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stockholder's picture

June 15, 2021 at 06:36 am

From Jake Ryan, and Martinez! Then Antonio Morrison, BJ Goodson, Kirksey, and now Campbell. Not to mention Burks, Summers, Harris, Barnes, Martin, and Ramsey. Wait-Lets put Vince Biegel and Kyle Fackrel in. Yet - CM3 wasn't good enough for Gute? Seriously. Maybe Murphy can figure this out.

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packer132's picture

June 15, 2021 at 01:16 pm

Gute did a good job of letting Matthews go when he did. Just like he did with other aging players (Nelson, James Jones, Daniels, Bulaga, Sitton). Clay played one year with the Rams with 37 tackles before retiring. What was wrong with that decision? You will find fault with the Milwaukee Bucks should they win the NBA title. I think you should apply for the GM job, as you think you know how to run an NFL team.

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greengold's picture

June 15, 2021 at 07:35 am

Thank you for this great work, TGR!

Wow! You’re describing that 2019 article as uncomplimentary was dead nuts on. I think your assessment on Campbell being signed for depth is sound. Maybe Gutekunst was looking at him purely as a Burks replacement.

I’ve been supportive of Summers ever since he was drafted. I can’t recall the opposing HC’s name while he switched to DE to cover for an injured player, buy he called Ty the best football player he’d ever seen, at any level. I’ve stayed hopeful for him turning that corner, and this is now his biggest challenge with Campbell, McDuffie & Wilborn fighting for positions.

Personally, I’m hopeful Ray Wilborn makes this Packers team. The guy plays lights out, both run & pass, has speed, insane length, and can cover like a blanket. 6-3 230. Wilborn’s also able to play a mean Safety. He’s a long hybrid who I think can be a perfect contributor in this defense.

Interestingly, both Campbell & Wilborn have that similar, highly coveted body type to Cory Littleton.

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