BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell has been without an agent for almost three months now, after the NFLPA decided to suspend his then-agent Ben Dogra for three years on a 38-count complaint.
Campbell is no longer without an agent. According to the NFLPA’s website, he’s hired super-agent Tom Condon – who’s also safety Tyrann Mathieu’s agent – to replace Dogra.
Dogra is allowed to appeal his suspension before an independent arbitrator. However, any appeals Dogra makes doesn’t change his status. The suspension is stayed until the appeal process is completed.
Campbell – who’s in the final year of a five-year, $55 million deal – is due to make $9.5 million in base salary this coming season, and count $15.25 million against the salary cap. Those are two numbers that the Cardinals would love to lower, so they can gain some more cap space, which, according to the NFLPA’s site, is currently at $3,624,926.
With the possibility of some sort of contract extension being worked out between the Cardinals and Campbell, it made perfect sense for Campbell to not pull a Russell Okung move, and go into negotiations with the team without an agent, like Okung did with the Denver Broncos. There’s no way in the world he could wait three years for Dogra’s suspension to be lifted, so he did what was in his best interest, and that was to get someone like Condon, who Mathieu obviously trusts, to represent him at the bargaining table – a table he and Cardinals general manager Steve Keim are sure to meet at quite a bit, as Mathieu is due for an extension. Mathieu’s in the final year of his rookie contract that will see him make $1,499,593 in base salary. With various bonuses, that number will rise to $1,737,250 for the 2016 season.
In other Cardinals news:
Per NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are set to welcome in former Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, once he finishes up his visit with the Denver Broncos.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 31, 2016
Nkemdiche is one of the most dynamic talents coming out in the 2016 NFL Draft, but his lack of high-end production, and his off-the-field issues are putting up red flags in his direction. Nkemdiche was charged with marijuana possession after falling out of a four-story hotel window in December. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Nkemdiche said that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, but denied that the marijuana police found in his hotel room belonged to him.
With teams showing concern about Nkemdiche, and wondering if he can fit and work in their respective systems, that’s dropped his draft stock considerably. Arizona and Denver have the 29th and 31st picks, respectively, in the first round, hence Nkemdiche meeting with both teams. Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks both have the Cardinals selecting Nkemdiche in their latest mock drafts.
The Cardinals are turning over every stone they see in their search for defensive help. According to NFL Network reporter Rand Getlin, Arizona also has a visit scheduled with former Houston linebacker Elandon Roberts.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 31, 2016
Roberts played for the Cougars for three years, and had a total of 175 tackles in 25 games. His 88 solo tackles last season led all of FBS. At 6-0, 235, scouts are in love with the leadership Roberts shows both on the field and off of it. They love that he’s a hard hitter and the knack he has for getting to the ball. What Roberts needs to work on is his flexibility. Scouts are seeing that Roberts has trouble with his change of direction, and his below average speed and poor ball skills. With that being said, the fact that he racked up that many tackles by himself in one season says a lot about Roberts, and what he could do in Arizona’s system, should they draft him somewhere in the later rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.