OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell is returning to the Baltimore Ravens on a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday.
Campbell’s contract is worth $12.5 million, but could reach $16.5 million with incentives, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Campbell, 35, decided to return for his 15th NFL season after briefly considering retirement, saying he still wanted to play after watching the Los Angeles Rams celebrate their championship. Now he can finish his career in Baltimore after spending the last two seasons there and try to get that elusive Super Bowl ring.
Over the past two days, the Ravens have filled two needs while strengthening their defensive leadership, bringing in center linebacker Josh Bynes on Friday and then keeping Campbell on Saturday.
Ravens Lamar Jackson and Tony Jefferson II took to Twitter to share their reactions to Campbell’s return.
—Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 9, 2022
A six-time Pro Bowler, Campbell has long been known for his ability to reach quarterback. But he was more of a stopper than a pass-rush force in his two seasons with Baltimore, where he had 4.5 sacks, including 1.5 last season.
Durability has been an issue for Campbell with the Ravens. After his 98-game starting streak came to an end, Campbell has missed six of his last 25 games with Baltimore.
He is one of four NFL defensemen since 2000 to record at least 700 tackles and 85 sacks. Among all active players, his 93.5 career sacks rank 10th and his 773 career tackles rank 12th.
Campbell is still chasing that first Super Bowl championship after six trips to the playoffs. He played nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the second round of the 2008 draft, and three with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being traded to the Ravens in March 2020 for a fifth-round pick.