As a Packers fan, I'm sorry to see Kampman go even though he didn't really work out in the 3-4 defense. If he's fully recovered, I expect him to have a big season in Jax.
"In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." -- Orson Welles, The Third Man
I'm interested to see the terms of the contract. At first glance, this is a very un-Gene Smith-like signing: Aging veteran with declining production coming off a serious injury. I guess this goes to show how desperate the Jags are for pass-rush help, which they should be. It was their achilles heel last season for sure.
I don't mean this to sound like I'm speaking ill of Kampman, but rather, that the Jaguars M.O since Smith took over was to only sign veteran FA's to plug holes in the short-term, and to not break the bank in doing so (see Torry Holt and Tra Thomas last year). I'll wait to see the years and dollar amount before I say anymore, I guess.
I really hope the Ted Thompson haters aren't railing on him for letting Kampman go, sure, he was a great guy, but he didnt fit with what we were doing...I hope Kampman rebounds nicely this next year, he will always have my respect.
(starting a new thread so that this doesn't turn into my monster Conan O'Brien thread that Zed became not-too-fond of) Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games on Wednesday for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, the NFL announced.