“He’s Definitely Going To Be High On A Lot Of Teams’ Lists”

February 23rd, 2017

Giant DE/DT Calais Campbell

A former teammate of Calais Campbell, a prominent member of the Buccaneers’ family, weighed in on the possibly soon-to-be-free-agent manbeast.

“You know what you’re going to get out of him as far as day to day work ethic. He’s definitely going to be high on a lot of teams’ lists,” said former Bucs, Cardinals, Rams and Jets tight end Anthony Becht, who works for the Buccaneers Radio Network and Buccaneers.com.

Becht, speaking on WDAE-AM 620, praised Campbell’s ability to wreak havoc on interior offensive lines, but Becht was skeptical of what teams might get by lining Campbell up off the edge.

Campbell, 30, has been a versatile monster (6-8, 300 pounds) during his nine-year career in Arizona. He’s missed just six games and is coming off an eight-sack season.

There’s nothing not to like about Campbell, who is also known for his charity work. An adjustment-friendly defensive coordinator like Mike Smith would know just what to do with him.

Will the price be too high for the Cardinals to keep him? Will Campbell draw a bidding war, as Becht suggests? Would Team Glazer want to make a gargantuan win-now investment?

Yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former Jets coach and personnel chief Pat Kirwan talked about the offseason philosophy of “buying defense and drafting offense.”

If the Bucs want to go that route, Campbell would be the ideal play.

31 Responses to ““He’s Definitely Going To Be High On A Lot Of Teams’ Lists””

  1. Mojiska Says:

    I’ll never be upset if we swing for the fences in f.a. and miss. If we put ourselves in cap trouble in the future I will be disappointed. We swung and missed a few years ago, but at least we didn’t handicapped our finances. If we try hard again this year and sign big early money contracts that don’t hurt us trying to resign players in the future I’m fine with that.

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Is it me or does Anthony Becht always say the same thing everyone knew 6 months ago.

  3. doolnutts Says:

    Mojiska — Great point! I could not agree more with this. Yes Licht has missed in free agency before last year BUT our cap situation is as strong as ever. I have no problem trying to improve the team any way possible as long as it doesn’t damage the future of the team, which so far it has not.

  4. ZZBucs!!! Says:

    Agree 100% Mojiska……everything at the right price or pass…….We will soon have to make big contracts with Mike Evans, Jameis etc etc…… Lets spend wisely……..We are on the right direction, despite some mistakes, let’s keep it that way…….

  5. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Maybe we would be able tonseee of that’s 3-4 defense we all heard about last offseason but didn’t see one time during the regular season.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Yeah swing..But swing for speed. Swing for Deshaun Jackson!

  7. JJBucFan Says:

    Package him and Jefferson, get D Jax or Stills and lock Evans up!!

  8. uckinator Says:

    I don’t mind spending the Glazer’s money; and I get it when you give out long term contracts to veterans, then watch them either break down or get lazy. But… What good is it if we remain tens of millions under the cap ? I say, spend to the cap leaving enough for draft picks and injury replacements ! Our next season is here now. Spend it. All of it !

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Calais Campbell = George Johnson 2.0


  10. Buc1987 Says:

    I don’t see it Bonzai.

  11. Bobby M. Says:

    Would rather target JPP…He’s younger and will likely cost the same. These older players (30 and up) come with more wear and slower recovery times. We could snag two stud offensive players for what this guy will command. And frankly if McCoy is the stud that is claimed, you shouldn’t need another stud player directly next to him. McCoy is being doubled teamed, find a value player and build the team elsewhere

  12. Kalind Says:

    Again, (and for the last time?) this big slow dude is not as valuable as JPP. He’s a mediocre pass rusher. Can the Gators just calm down about this guy? He’s a good solid DE who is old. No new to break the bank for an expiring player.

  13. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Campbell is the right team but wrong guy. What I’m saying is that Tony Jefferson should be our main target. We have Campbell light on the roster already. His name is will gholsten (spelling lol)

  14. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I’m all for getting Campbell on the first day of FA. Show all the other FAs that Tampa is serious about winning.

  15. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Bonzai, George Johnson=Michael Johnson 1.0

  16. R.O. Says:

    Why would we overpay him to play him out of position? Or are we going to overpay and play him at NT? Doesn’t make sense…

  17. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Bonzai you might wanna check the dude’s stat line first bro. 8Sacks( I’m willing to bet ask from the interior)3 force fumbles 3fumbles recovered 1 int. And give me a minute ima go find out exactly how many tackes for a loss. Calais nothing like George Johnson. C’mon man.

  18. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    So in comparison Calais had 53 tackles last season. Our D linemen known for tackles Will Gholston had 49. 93 had 26. Tackles for loss and tackles made by D linemen in my book are of more importance than sacks. The only sacks I care about are strip sacks and sacks that occur on third downs.

  19. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Place Calais on our D line And Kwon will reek havoc behind him because Calais will eat up O linemen man.

  20. Mojiska Says:

    Joe- I’m not trying to hijack the thread, but what happened to the message boards? Any chance of them coming back?

  21. MadMax Says:

    This is why if we sign Campbell and draft Barnett, D line is well on its way to beasting. Then pick up WR Zay Jones with our next pick.

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Two of the Better (Interior) 4-3 fronts – In recent memory

    1992 – Vikings
    LDE Al Noga – 9.0 sacks
    LDT Henry Thomas* – 6.0 sacks ←
    RDT John Randle – 11.5 sacks
    RDE Chris Doleman*+ – 14.5 sacks

    1993 – Vikings
    LDE Al Noga – 6.0 sacks
    LDT Henry Thomas* – 9.0 sacks ←
    RDT John Randle + – 12.5 sacks
    RDE Chris Doleman*+ – 12.5 sacks

    Note: LDT Henry Thomas had 93.5 career sacks.

    1998 – Buccaneers
    LDE Tyoka Jackson – 3.0 sacks
    LDT Brad Culpepper – 9.0 sacks ←
    RDT Warren Sapp* – 7.0 sacks
    RDE Regan Upshaw – 7.0 sacks

    1999 – Buccaneers
    LDE Chidi Ahanotu – 6.5 sacks
    LDT Brad Culpepper – 6.0 sacks ←
    RDT Warren Sapp* – 12.5 sacks
    RDE Marcus Jones – 7.0 sacks

    Honorable mention – Seattle Seahawks 96′-98′, Jacksonville, etc

    Rush the passer as a unit – hit the running back too – if he’s in the way

  23. NFLNut Says:

    I agree with the “draft offense but buy defense” philosophy, especially when one has a young QB as you don’t want veteran divas coming in who won’t take orders from, and respect the, young QB.

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  24. Buc1987 Says:

    NOS…also Campbell was a 2nd round pick. Johnson was an undrafted FA by the Bucs no less if that doesn’t say anything. Picked up by the Bucs, then let, then picked up again after having an okay year for the Lions.

    Bonzai = Bobby Boucher Jr.

  25. LakeLandBuc Says:

    There’s some Franchise DTs in this draft..Remember Atlanta got Grady Jarrett in the 5th Round. But in this draft, there are some better than Grady. We gotta explore all options.

  26. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Campbell a Buc, but we definitely shouldn’t go in over our heads this offseason. We have big contracts coming in ME13, Famous Jameis Winston, Kwon, etc. I’m all for getting a WR, and drafting some young talent, but we CANNOT afford to let ME13 or JW3 walk because we dont have enough cap space to resign them. They are special talents, and they need to be bucs for life.

  27. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    That’s real talk 87.

  28. Pickgrin Says:

    “Would Team Glazer want to make a gargantuan win-now investment?”

    Why the hell not???

    This is our Window. The next 2 years. We can afford to overpay at 2 or 3 spots for players that can be difference makers in the NOW. The future is NOW. Every year that Winston leads this team from now forward is an opportunity to win a Super Bowl. NOW. This Year.

    Buy Calais Cambell. Buy Jason Pierre-Paul. Buy DeSean Jackson. $35M for the trio guaranteed for the next 2 years.

    Sell Doug Martin. Sell Alterraun Verner. Save $13M. Perhaps bring either or both back at a greatly reduced price.

    Draft TE – OJ Howard. Draft S – Budda Baker. Draft RB – Kareem Hunt. Draft WR – Josh Reynolds.

    Then sit back and watch this team compete for Championships in 2017 and 2018 before we even have to really pay for our franchise Quarterback.

  29. Chris Says:

    I am suprised for the Campbell love on here, after all, he is a Hurricane

  30. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Budda baker will be a 1st round pick. No chance we can get OJ Howard AND budda. It’s one or the other

  31. KingBuc17 Says:

    Pickgrin like your GM strategy. would drop Deshawn and get Stills and Goodwin both for about the same. Plus like your draft and Budda Baker might still be there in the 2nd due to lack of size. I like Samaje Perine better as he split time with mixon and was a stud.