Gearing Up For Calais Campbell Sweepstakes

March 2nd, 2017

Beasting in free agency worked wonders for the Raiders and Giants last season, and it appears the Bucs will get to make a decision on the greatest beast of the 2017 class.

The 6-8, 300-pound defensive end/tackle of the Cardinals, Calais Campbell, may not be affordable for Arizona. It seems questionable they’ll lock him up before the free agency dinner bell rings in seven days.

Chatter from Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and other team officials at the NFL Scouting Combine yesterday painted a bleak picture of Campbell’s return. You can read quotes at

Campbell, 30, is a pillar of a teammate and true NFL stud coming off an eight-sack season. He’s versatile, too, and doesn’t miss games. He’s the kind of player who instantly makes those around him better, a championship-caliber piece in a quarterback-rich division.

The Bucs can’t buy every free agent, even though it’s fun to think about. But Campbell has got to be high on the Christmas list.

Team Glazer invested big bucks to keep defensive coordinator Mike Smith in town for two more seasons. Jason Licht said repeatedly yesterday that the Bucs need to get after quarterbacks to take the next step quickly.

Despite the giant price tag Campbell will command ($13 million per year?), he seems like one of the safest bets on the free agency board.

Joe’s got some fingers crossed.

38 Responses to “Gearing Up For Calais Campbell Sweepstakes”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    He and Pryor would be gems…

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    Now it will come down to perception of Tampa Bay. Does he WANT to come here……?? Gonna let him and Geraldini wrestle for No. 93?

  3. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    @Cobra… My wish list this whole of season, them two

  4. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Would love to see Campbell in a Bucs uniform!

  5. captjimbo Says:

    Would fill a huge hole and free up a draft choice. Expensive but would be worth it imo. If possible we need to get him here

  6. Mick Says:

    Remember the last big name DL we got from Arizona. Turned out pretty well.

  7. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I did a small poll on my Twitter account and Calais won hands down on who ppl wanted to see in Pewter and Red..

    I too voted CC..

  8. bucs_365 Says:

    I just don’t think the Bucs will get into a bidding situation. If they’re interested, they’ll make their offer, but I don’t believe they will overpay, but someone else will. I don’t expect Campbell to be in a Bucs uniform. But… maybe I’ll end up being surprised.

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    We gotta get this guy man, end of discussion.

  10. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Please give us Campbell. I’m sure McCoy would be extremely happy about that. This could mean McCoy with Campbell on one side of him and Sayers on the other. You can’t double team that!!!

  11. MarineBucsFan Says:


  12. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    What Cobraboy said…now, GO GET IT THEM SIGNED JASON LICHT, and GO BUCS!!!

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Give him $13 mill a year if that’s what it takes. We can eventually unload his & mccoy salaries in like 2-3 years and draft their replacements

  14. Wausa Says:

    Calais Played at Miami so he has a history of playing in the Sunshine State.
    Hopefully, that helps.

  15. Joeypoppems Says:

    Would rather give him $13 mil than Poe $13 mil

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yes please!

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Fingers crossed indeed. Go get him JL.

  18. R.O. Says:

    He’s not a passrushing DE in a 4-3. Not gonna pay him 8 figures to play next to GMC… sorry to disappoint.

  19. Shabazz Says:

    please no we need young players going into there prime.

  20. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Bucs have around 80 million in Glazer loot. Campbell and Pryor has to happen. No excuses.

  21. tdtb2015 Says:

    Did somebody ask if Calais wants to be a Buc? Lol

    If AP wants to play here, I’m sure Calais would love to play with this defense.

  22. Bird Says:

    He will get more. Try 15 a year. Only true qb sacker now. Can play multiple spots.

  23. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Offer to have Jefferson come with him. Play on the emotional appeal of teammates switching teams together to go get rich and win a Sb!

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ve always been of the belief that you don’t spend big on FA’s until you are ready to make a push for something. Something to put you over the top.

    Campbell fits that bill. Out of every FA out there. This guy makes the most sense to me.

  25. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I’d be ok with 15 mil. Throw a freaking parade for him when he comes in to interview. Do whatever it takes to get him in the building and don’t let him leave without signing his name on a contract. WHATEVER IT TAKES.

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    $80 mil in cap space would be in the ballpark IF we release Doug Martin AND Evan Smith (both are still on the roster at present however). Sounds like our real cap space right now is closer to $68 mil. Of course, that has to cover (1) signing our own FAs (like Gholston, McDougald, Rodgers & several others); (2) any FAs that we add (like Campbell, Jefferson, Jackson & hopefully several others); (3) our draft picks; and (4) saving some of that for Mike Evans next contract as a minimum. Wow, $68 mil sounds like a lot, but it can disappear real fast when the Bucs have so many needs to fill through FA & the draft. Seriously doubt that Jason Licht will spend over $30-35 mil (max) on non-Buc FAs.

    Would love to see Calais Campbell in a Bucs uniform, but not at $15 mil (anything over about $10-12 mil is just too much for a DLineman considering what GMC is already making). Would rather use a high draft pick on a DT/DE if the bidding gets that high. Pretty much the same thing goes for a #2 WR … there comes a point where it’s just cost-prohibitive (probably around $10-12 mil in that case too). However, in the case of a safety, different story I think. We need to fill Safety hole with someone like Tony Jefferson (guessing around $7-8 mil per yr). Would still love to add an OLineman like Matt Kalil (guessing that’d be around $7-8 mil per yr also). Sure wouldn’t want to be Jason Licht right now. Lots of challenges.

  27. SOEbuc Says:

    NO. This guy is 30 years old wanting a gigantic contract. Stick with Ayers. If they really want a DE Barnett would be nice if he’s at #19…or we can trade up to #1 and get Myles Garret. Everyone remembers last year’s high round trades for ballers.

  28. Destinjohnny Says:

    If we took Sheldon rankins we wouldn’t have to be thinking about this guy.

  29. uckinator Says:

    Everything starts with rattling their quarterback. EVERYTHING ! Get Pass Rushers ! 1985 Bears Baby ! Man, that was fun to watch

  30. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    I want Hightower and so should everyone else!!!!!!!

  31. Joeypoppems Says:

    Why Hightower? Most of the time we only have 2 LBs on the field anyway and we already have our 2. No need

  32. jj Says:

    Scotty- Now we are talkin’- Pryor, Jefferson, Campbell, Wagner (O-line) and Hightower to replace D Smith. Any combination is good with me- Hightower under the radar- good call.

  33. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    #1 He’s a kick a@s play maker he can cover and sack! He’s a baller and he’s like 26! Find a way to use him and since when is a great player not a need?

  34. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    Defence Rules… even at $68 million we can afford to overpay 2 Free Agents, which is exactly what we need… at least 2 splash plays top give us wiggle room in the draft… and the price cap went up this year just like every other year by about $10- $11 million dollars meaning every position $amount goes up too… Basically it’s monopoly money at a huge inflation rate, who cares if they overpay? We need 2 playmakers at least… Make the FA contracts front heavy, so when the time comes over the next 3 years we can still pay our home growns what they deserve.

  35. Joeypoppems Says:

    @Buccaneer Scotty

    So if we sign Hightower and the 70% of the time we are in Nickel (5 DBs, 4 DL, 2 LBs) who are you sitting, Kwon, Lavonte, or Hightower?

  36. Capt.Tim Says:

    Yes to Campbell. A proven comodity, and should have 3-4 years left in the tank!
    Free agents love Tampa- No state Tax!!
    But hate Tampa – training Camp in the heat!! Especially older Vets. Believe it or not, its an issue.

    Getting that ACed, inside practice facility wil be a big plus in attracting Free agents.

    Hope Bucs land Campbell and Brandon Marshall. That should still leave room for a Decent FB and TE( seattle has a young TE I like).

    Then we draft a Dalvin Cook, a Center, a young WR, and a Safety

    That would make this team tremendous.

  37. Capt.Tim Says:

    Te Luke Wilson- Seattle. 6’5″, 255.
    Reminds me of the great Cameron Brate, but more of a blocker, less of a reciever.
    O think this guy is starting to come into his own. As the 2nd Te, in a 2 TE set, I think he could fill in the 0-10 yard area, while Brate stretches the middle of the Field.
    Add in Mike Evans and Brendon Marshall. – I like it!!
    Add Cook, like it even more. Jameis would be thrilled

  38. mike10 Says:

    I have a hard time believing the Cards wouldn’t bring him back from $13 mil… I guarantee u he commands no less than 15.. and he gets closer to 17