Posted by Darren Urban
Not that itís a surprise because everyone has realized that if a new long-term contract isnít reached with defensive end Calais Campbell, he would receive a franchise tag to buy time, but general manager Rod Graves said Thursday Campbell will be sticking around. Graves didnít come out during an interview on Arizona Sports 620 and say Campbell will get the franchise tag, but he did say Campbell would stay put.
ďCalais will be with us, rest assured,Ē Graves said. ďWe will continue to focus on getting a long term deal in place and itís a process. But he will be an Arizona Cardinals player this year and we are hoping certainly to extend that to a long-term deal. Conversations are continuing with his agent.Ē
The only way Graves can be sure Campbell would be a Cardinal this year is to know the tag will be used if a new contract isnít reached. There is still a long time before the tag deadline. Teams can start using the tag Feb. 20 (Monday) and must apply it no later than March 5, a little more than a week before free agency. There is plenty of time to get a contract hammered out before March 5, and the reality is most deals donít come down without some kind of deadline approaching.
And of course, if/once the tag is used, discussions will keep going for a new contract.