Calais Campbell played his prep football at South High School in Denver, before going on to play for the Miami Hurricanes. The Arizona Cardinals selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and the big defensive end has since built a successful pro career.
Less than a day away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, it would be quite a storybook development for Campbell to end up back in the Mile High City, this time as a member of the Denver Broncos. He's only 30 years old, but he's set to break the bank.
Some people have told me that Campbell is looking for 'Malik Jackson money', while I've heard elsewhere that Campbell is at a point where he wants to win a Super Bowl. In more ways than one, the Broncos make sense.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1760703-denver-broncos-free-agenc... The Broncos are interested in Campbell, as 9NEWS' Mike Klis reported this week, but so are several other teams, including Jacksonville. The Jaguars have almost $75 million in salary cap space to play with.
The Broncos have about $36 million, after tendering two restricted free agents and nine exclusive rights free agents on Tuesday. That money has to be enough to rope a couple of offensive linemen, a defensive lineman (or two), Tony Romo and Denver's 2017 Draft class.
The only way Campbell ends up in Denver is if he's willing to take less money to join an elite defense. Spotrac estimates his market value at $8.4 million per year. As great as it would be to get Campbell in Denver, the Broncos have bigger priorities on the O-line.
However, where there's smoke, more often than not, there's fire. Sources tell Mile High Huddle's Erick Trickel that Campbell-to-Denver is deemed a "certainty" by people outside of Denver. If the Broncos can sign Campbell for $6-7 million per year, plus incentives, then I could see it working out.
Otherwise, the Broncos have bigger priorities. And the defensive line class in this year's Draft is deep.
The latest we've heard on Campbell is that he'll be able to get far more elsewhere and he'll probably take it. Denver could play ball, but with Romo on deck, it changes their ability to compete.
We've heard some rumblings on the T.J. Lang front. We'll report when we confirm and learn more.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.