Packers News, 3/15: Re-signing Campbell a major boost for Packers heading into 2022

In less than 24 hours, the Green Bay Packers went from about $44 million above the salary cap for 2022 to just a few million. There have been some painful cuts, as the departures of Za’Darius Smith and Billy Turner will hurt depth in a few key positions, but there’s also cause for excitement, as the Packers surprisingly managed to re-sign De’Vondre Campbell for the long haul.

Campbell is one of the biggest success stories in recent memory for the Packers, arriving on a modest deal last June before blasting his way into All-Pro honors in 2021. Now he’s back on a long deal term, one that gives him financial security for the next few seasons while offering the Packers a very market-friendly contract.

It’s a win-win for both teams, which the Packers badly needed as they brought back their most dynamic point guard at linebacker in years. Now, with Aaron Rodgers’ contract extension completed on Tuesday morning, the team is a short distance from the cap without even having hit the deals for Jaire Alexander or Davante Adams yet.

Another move or two makes the Packers financially compliant, giving them time to work with these two stars on their extensions after Wednesday’s deadline. More news will arrive in the next few hours, but the team has shown they are ready and determined to strengthen the team in the present.

What keeping De’Vondre Campbell means for the Packers: ‘His numbers were off the charts’ – The Athletic ($)
A year and $2 million. That’s what Campbell did last season when he was All-Pro. Now he’s cashing in on a 5-year, $50 million deal, which comes with a signing bonus of around $14 million. The numbers also back up his All-Pro status, as he found himself the top scoring linebacker in pass coverage in a metric.

5 offensive line prospects for Packers after Billy Turner release | packers wire
One of the other big moves on Monday was Turner’s surprising exit with a failed physical designation. Here are some names on whether the Packers are looking for a versatile lineman at the start of the 2022 NFL Draft.

8 things we learned from a frenetic day of news on the Packers roster | Packer’s report
Campbell’s deal looks like a real bargain compared to other off-ball linebacker deals in recent years; he’s not even in the top ten for average value at that position.

Packers Learn Cost of Using Franchise Tag on Davante Adams, Trigger Options on Rashan Gary, Darnell Savage –
With the 2022 cap locked, the Packers know what their 5th-year option numbers will be for Gary and Savage, their 2019 first-round picks. Gary appears to be a lock for his option to be taken, but Savage isn’t. not sure at this time.

Takeaways from Day 1 of free agency: Jaguars’ spending spree, Steelers’ new QB and head-scratching moves – The Athletic ($)
Here’s a big breakdown of all the craziness on Monday, especially with the Jaguars throwing wads of cash at almost anyone who would listen,

Through the Lens: Rookies, Big Games, Mantras and Dog Days |
If you love photography, this look back at the 2021 season from team photographer Evan Siegle is a great look behind the camera.

Fan buys Tom Brady’s ‘last’ touchdown ball for $518,628 – then Brady retires – Reuters
Whoops. Never before has a sports memorabilia increased in value so quickly.

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