With the Arizona Cardinals pretty flush against the salary cap, there are a few things they can do. One that has been discussed by fans and media is the possibility of bringing down the cap number for Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. He has a cap hit of more than $15 million. Obviously it would make sense to do something to bring that cap hit down.
But, as Campbell said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM when reacting to the addition of Chandler Jones, the team has not yet approached him about his contract.
A first reaction might be to think well, maybe they don't want to extend his contract past this season. Despite two straight Pro Bowls, head coach Bruce Arians has been vocal about wanting more production from Campbell. He will turn 30 this season and now approaches the latter part of his career. Perhaps they simply will take the final hit and move on after this season. After all, they did draft Rodney Gunter and they have very high hopes for him.
However, it is likely more practical why they haven't approached him.
Campbell is agent, Ben Dogra, has been fined and suspended by the NFLPA. Campbell needs to find new representation. Until then, it doesn't make sense to even broach the subject.
"But the last couple weeks I haven't been able to do much because I haven't had an agent, but now that I'm getting that settled hopefully," he said. "I don't know what the plan is upstairs, but once that situation is handled and I have an agent, we'll see what happens going forward."