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Cardinals Place Franchise Tag On DE Calais Campbell

The Cardinals have placed the “non-exclusive” franchise tender on defensive end Calais Campbell.

Negotiations towards a long-term contract are expected to continue.

A 2008 second-round pick out of Miami, the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Campbell has 180 tackles, 21 sacks and 18 passes defensed as a full-time starter over the last three seasons. Campbell earned a $600,000 base salary in 2011, the final season of a four-year, $2.9 million rookie contract that included $1.9 million in guarantees.

Under the “non-exclusive” franchise tag, Campbell would be allowed to negotiate with other teams, who would be required to compensate the Cardinals with a pair of first-round picks if they signed Campbell to an offer sheet that the Cardinals declined to match.

If Campbell plays under the one-year tender, he would receive a base salary of a projected $10.595 million in 2012, which would become fully guaranteed when signed.

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