Unlike the other players we've discussed so far in this article, De'Vondre Campbell isn't having a bad season. He has played well in the middle of Green Bay's defense. Campbell has started seven games, making 52 tackles, two quarterback hits, one pass defense, and a fumble recovery.
But the Packers find themselves in a similar situation at inside linebacker as they did at cornerback when they traded Rasul Douglas. Green Bay has two talented young players: Quay Walker and Isaiah McDuffie. Moving on from Campbell in the offseason would allow McDuffie to take on a starting role alongside Walker.
Another factor to consider is Campbell's contract. According to Over The Cap, his cap hit will rise from $5.53 million this year to $14.41 million in 2024. His cap hit is $12.53 million in 2025 and 2026. The Packers would create $2.78 million next year by releasing Campbell while also taking the two future cap hits off the books.
The Packers are rebuilding, and Campbell is 30 years old. Releasing him would create cap space for Green Bay while giving McDuffie an opportunity to start. Campbell could help just about any defense and could sign with a contender in the offseason.