Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals Free Agency 2012: The Number 1 Priority

For the Arizona Cardinals, when it comes to thinking about the free agency period that will get underway in about month, they have a few goals. The first and second of those goals should be to re-sign defensive end Calais Campbell. He is set to become a free agent in March and Arizona wants to lock him up to a long-term deal.

Talks began some time ago, but there has been no word of the direction of those talks and if they are making progress.

Luckily the Cardinals can at least keep him for one more season, as they can and will use the franchise tag designation to keep him here. That will cost the team around $10 million dollars in real money and against the salary cap.

Ideally, they get a deal done that keeps him here for many years and limits the cap number so that the team can actually acquire players to improve the team.

Campbell was the defense's most disruptive player. From the defensive end position, he logged 72 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, ten deflected passes and three blocked field goals.

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