The salary cap-strapped Falcons said they will allow linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to reach free agency March 18.
Along with Campbell, tight end Austin Hooper and offensive guard Wes Schweitzer also will become unrestricted free agents and get to establish their value on the open market. The team said they want to re-sign the players, with an emphasis on Hooper and Campbell.
The versatile Campbell plans to keep an open mind.
“We will continue to have good communication with the Falcons throughout this process,” Campbell’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
Campbell led the Falcons in tackles (129) in 2019 and (94) in 2018.
Campbell, who was drafted in the fourth round (115th overall) in 2016 out of Minnesota, wants to return to the Falcons.
“Yeah, definitely,” Campbell said Dec. 30. “They gave me an opportunity that 31 other teams didn’t. It would be special to come back, but I understand how this business works.”
Rosenhaus expects a robust market for Campbell.
In addition to his tackle total, Campbell had two sacks, six tackles for losses, two quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Campbell had a base salary of $2.025 million last season. He made $4.2 million over his rookie contract.
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