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Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell discusses accomplishments of 2019 season. (Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Former Falcons free agent linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is signing with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday.

The new deal is a big boost in pay for Campbell, who made $4.2 million over four years on his rookie contract, after being selected in the fourth-round (115th overall) of the 2016 NFL draft out of Minnesota.

The Falcons allowed Campbell to reach free agency and let the market set his value. They were hopeful that he could return.  Falcons linebacker coach Jeff Ulbrich held out hope that Campbell could return.

Campbell led the Falcons in tackles  (129) lass season and with 94 in 2018.  He was a versatile for the Falcons.

In addition to the tackle total, Campbell had two sacks, six tackles for losses, two quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2019.

Things preceded slowly for outside linebackers at the start of the 2020 free agency period. As of Tuesday evening, only seven outside linebackers had been signed.

Carolina’s Mario Addison agreed to a three-year $30.4 million deal with Buffalo to reunite with former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

New England’s Jamie Collins signed a three-year, $30 million deal with Detroit.

New Orleans’ A.J. Klein signed a three-year, $18 million deal with Buffalo.

Green Bay’s Kyler Fackrell signed a one-year, $4.6 million deal with Washington.

Former Georgia standout Thomas Davis signed a one-year deal with Washington to reunite with coach Ron Rivera.

Philadelphia’s Kamu Grugier-Hill signed a one-year deal with Miami.

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