The Kansas City Chiefs made one big splash on the first day of NFL free agency — agreeing to terms with offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor on a multi-year contract.
That was a huge need filled, but there is still work to be done for general manager Brett Veach and the KC front office. One position group that could use fortifications is the defensive line, and a retired Chief had an idea of how to best address this situation.
Hey Chiefs … https://t.co/CUw6ZnbhWV
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) March 13, 2023
“Hey Chiefs…” Geoff Schwartz voiced on Twitter, quoting an Ian Rapoport tweet that talked about Calais Campbell potentially returning to Baltimore after being cut by the Ravens on March 13. Schwartz played for Kansas City in 2013, and is also the brother of long-time Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Calais Campbell Proved He’s Still Got It in 2022
Campbell’s track record speaks for itself. He’s a six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who made first-team All-Pro in 2017 and won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2020.
On the field, Campbell has registered 99 career sacks, with 800-plus tackles and 165 tackles for a loss according to Pro Football Reference. He’s also forced 16 fumbles, with three interceptions and 57 passes defended off the line of scrimmage.
The one concern is the age. As Rapoport noted, Campbell isn’t retiring, he feels he “has good football left and wants to keep playing” at age 37 in September. His 2022 performance backs that up as well.
Campbell logged 5.5 sacks with the Ravens last year, including 34 credited quarterback pressures on Pro Football Focus during the regular season. On Baltimore, that ranked third behind 2021 first rounder Odafe Oweh and ex-Chiefs veteran Justin Houston. On Kansas City, Campbell would have finished one QB pressure behind Mike Danna — who ranked fourth.
In a similar veteran rotational role, Carlos Dunlap provided a slight lesser impact at 4.0 sacks and 32 pressures.
Chiefs Kingdom Supports Calais Campbell Signing
KC supporters chimed in on Schwartz’s suggestion, and the responses were mostly positive.
“Put him in the rotation next to [Chris] Jones on a one year deal…” One fan commented. “Heck yeah. He’s older but …read more