Ravens DL Calais Campbell Announces Return for 2023
Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell announced that he will return for his 16th NFL season in 2023.
Campbell, who will turn 37 this September, is under contract with the Ravens for 2023, but said after the end of the 2022 season that he wanted to take time to decide if he wanted to come back.
“I’m coming back, baby,” Campbell said. He also said he hopes quarterback Lamar Jackson returns, as well. Jackson is a pending free agent.
.@CalaisCampbell signs off for the day by confirming that he will be back for a 16th NFL season and picking the @Eagles to win #SuperBowlLVII 👀
Thanks for joining us, Calais! pic.twitter.com/QAvgGiwfht
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) February 12, 2023
The six-time Pro Bowler is not the player that he once was, but was still a key member of the Baltimore defense in 2022. He had 36 tackles, four tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits, forced two fumbles and defended two passes.
He also blocked a Chris Boswell field goal attempt that helped the Ravens beat the Steelers, 16-14 on Dec. 11. He has nine kick blocks in his NFL career.
Calais Campbell has NINE career blocked field goals, the most among active NFL players.
As Mike Tomlin said, "We allowed a known legendary guy to block a kick." pic.twitter.com/nJqbYoFIER
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) December 13, 2022
“Just gotta compliment that guy,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s the most significant and accomplished kick blocker in our game today. We knew it. We talked about it in this setting leading up to the game and still, he delivered a timely splash play in that area.”
Campbell did not play in the rematch on New Year’s Day in Baltimore, which the Steelers won, 16-13. He missed four games with a knee injury, but returned for Baltimore’s final regular season game and playoff loss to Cincinnati.
Last week, Campbell was selected as the 2022 winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, recognizing his fair play, respect for opponents, and integrity in competition.