The Cardinals accomplished one of their major offseason goals last week by signing defensive end Calais Campbell to a five-year, 55 million contract that includes 31 million in guarantees.
It's a deal that helps the team on a couple fronts. First, Campbell is probably their best defensive lineman, with Darnell Dockett a close second. Campbell is just 25 and had eight sacks last year as a right end in the 3-4. That's not easy to do. He also batted down 11 passes and blocked three field-goal attempts. Without him, the Cardinals would have finished below .500.
Signing him to a long-term contract also freed about 5.7 million of cap space. That gives the club flexibility to sign its draft class as well as veterans such as backup defensive end Vonnie Holliday and outside linebacker Clark Haggans.
Those moves haven't happened yet but probably will in the next week or two. Holliday and Haggans would provide experience and depth at two positions where the Cardinals could defin...