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NFL Insider Believes Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell Is In Line For A Big Payday

By meerna Jul11,2024
NFL Insider Believes Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell Is In Line For A Big Payday

Cornerback Tyson Campbell is coming off an injury-plagued season, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media doesn’t think that will stop the Jacksonville Jaguars from giving him a long-term contract this year and next.

Rapoport appeared on The Insiders and tabbed Campbell as a candidate for a contract extension, arguing that he has established himself as one of the league’s best young cornerbacks, and that he sees the former Georgia Bulldog as a player they can build a team around.

“The Jaguars, of course, spent money on free agents, but they wanted to do what owner Shad Khan said a few days ago, which is you can’t be dependent on free agents,” Rapoport said. “Okay, well, they have some really good players on the roster who are going to end up getting big paydays. I’ll point to Tyson Campbell, a young cornerback who I think has very quietly developed into one of the better young cornerbacks in the NFL.”

“At some point, whether it’s this year, in free agency or whatever, he’s going to end up being one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. The stats aren’t great, the coverage is great. And that’s the type of guy the Jaguars are going to want to pay and build around after spending the last couple of years in free agency,” Rapoport said.

Campbell, the 33rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, struggled early in his rookie season, but that was largely because he was playing out of position in the slot. He eventually moved to the perimeter when the Jags traded C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers and quickly showed improvement. The Plantation, Florida, native finished the year strong, recording a team-high two interceptions.

The following season, Campbell threw three interceptions, which tied him for second on the team, and had 15 passes defensed, which tied him for second on the team. He also gave up fewer than 10.0 yards per reception. By the end of 2022, he had entered the conversation about the league’s top 10 cornerbacks.

Campbell was expected to break out in 2023, but a nagging hamstring injury kept him out for most of the season. He’s now entering a contract year and, as Rapoport suggested, could be one of the few players who could get an extension from Jacksonville.

The team has made efforts to retain its key players, signing Trevor Lawrence and Josh Allen to long-term deals earlier this year. They also gave linebacker Foyesade Oluokun and left tackle Ezra Cleveland a three-year extension. Campbell, along with safety Andre Cisco, are candidates to get paid next. Here’s a clip of Rapoport’s performance.

Cornerback Tyson Campbell is back in full force and looking to bounce back in 2024. There’s a new coaching staff in town and he’s made quite an impression on them.

New defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen, for one, is impressed with Campbell’s athleticism and ability to catch stuff, and he says the staff has done a good job teaching him fundamentals, technique and how to operate in the system.

The Jaguars will be running a pressure-based strategy under Nielsen. Campbell may be better suited to man coverage, but as the defensive coordinator noted, they will look for ways to incorporate his skills and play to his strengths.

If Tyson Campbell has a successful season, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t mind paying him any amount to keep him from leaving.

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