Campbell agrees to 5-year deal with Cards

Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell agreed to terms Thursday on a five-year contract extension.

The Cardinals placed the franchise tag on the 25-year-old Campbell on March 2, ensuring his return to the team for the 2012 season at a price of $10.7 million. According to, the new contract is for $55 million, with $36 million coming in the first three years of the deal.

The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Campbell is coming off his best professional season in 2011. He started all 16 games and registered career bests in tackles (73, including 51 solos) and sacks (a team-leading eight). He also forced two fumbles and had 11 pass deflections, one fumble recovery, his first career interception and three blocked field goals.

Campbell has led the team in sacks for the past three years. He is also active in the community, earning the team’s NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination for 2011.

Campbell was a second-round draft pick out of Miami in 2008. He’s made 46 starts and recorded 21 sacks and 215 tackles in his career.