The Green Bay Packers have a long list of priorities in the offseason and if they’re not careful, a top defender could slip through their fingers.
Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is a new signing this season in Green Bay, where he has had a career year of his own. He finished the season with a team lead of 146 tackles, including 6 tackles for loss. He also recorded 2 sacks along with 6 quarterback hits according to the Pro Football Reference. In addition, Campbell intercepted 2 passes and defended 5 others. He also forced 2 fumbles and recovered another.
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The linebacker was more than just his statistical feat; he was very long-lived again, as he was throughout his six-year NFL tenure. Campbell appeared in 16 of 17 possible regular season games for the Packers in 2021 and started all of them.
His performance will make him a coveted commodity in the freelance agent market this off-season. And while Campbell might be interested in returning to Green Bay, especially if the Packers make a deep playoff run and / or win the Super Bowl, the team may not be able to give him sufficient financial priority to close a deal. If so, many franchises will offer themselves as applicants for the linebacker’s services.
Of all the teams interested in Campbell the Packers shouldn’t keep him, the Los Angeles Rams top the list.
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report set out the situation in an article posted online on Thursday, January 6th.
Adams needs a new deal for Sobleski. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was already looking for the richest wide receiver contract in the NFL. After breaking the Packer’s single-season franchise records for Receptions and Received Yards against the Detroit Lions last week, his case is even stronger.
Ultimately, the money Green Bay spends on Adams can also be viewed as an investment in Rodgers’ property. While the reigning MVP remains under contract for the 2022 season, his cap hit is so inappropriately high that the Packers will likely have to renegotiate a long-term contract to fix their immediate financial future. Rodgers can, of course, refuse, which would essentially force the team to look for a trading partner.
The latter option would severely hurt Green Bay’s prospects for the next several years, even despite the massive trade flows it would receive in return from the likes of the Denver Broncos, the Pittsburgh Steelers, or any other team that grew out of the woodworking one Chance to have the best signal caller in the game.
So Green Bay is more likely to try to keep Rodgers with them. When he’s ready for that, the starting point will likely be the most lucrative annual quarterback deal in the entire NFL, an honor currently owned by the Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes at $ 45 million per season.
A grand total for Rodgers at, above, or near that annual salary range, coupled with top-tier dollars for Adams, would put the Packers in a tough spot when it comes to getting a deal lucrative enough to win Campbell keep. The unfortunate reality is that maintaining the team’s offensive without a few fancy financial maneuvers can well cost Green Bay something on the defensive, and the price they’ll pay will most likely be Campbell.