Packers get absolute steal with new De’Vondre Campbell deal

Green Bay Packers, De'Vondre Campbell (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, De'Vondre Campbell (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Huge, huge news for the Green Bay Packers.

According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the Packers are re-signing All-Pro inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to a five-year deal worth $50 million.

Huber added that Campbell will earn $16.25 million in 2022, $21.5 million by 2023, and $32.25 million by 2024.

And it’s a huge win-win for everyone.

Campbell signed a one-year, $2 million deal last summer. Less than a year later, he signs a new deal before free agency even officially begins, and it’s a big one. Completely well deserved for Campbell after an incredible year.

From the Packers’ perspective, they have to be absolutely delighted. Sure, it’s a big contract and one they will need to make room for with their limited salary cap space. However, paying $10 million per year for one of the best inside linebackers in football isn’t a bad deal at all.

Let’s put it into some perspective.

According to Over The Cap, based on average salary, Campbell will be the 15th highest paid linebacker in the NFL. Former Packer Blake Martinez earns more per year.

It’s about the best-case scenario the Packers could’ve hoped for. They were never going to get Campbell on a cheap deal. He deserved to get paid on a long-term contract and that’s what’s happened, but it’s about as team-friendly as Green Bay could’ve hoped for.

We’ll await the full details of the contract structure, but one has to imagine the Packers will ensure Campbell’s 2022 cap hit is as low as possible.

This is great news for everyone. For Campbell, he gets a huge contract after being named a first-team All-Pro. He also gets to remain with the same team in the same system, and help the Packers compete for a championship. For the Packers, they don’t have to start over at inside linebacker and get back their best player at the position in a long time.