Cardinals Free Agents 2012: Cardinals Hope To Sign Calais Campbell Before Free Agency Begins

Despite acquiring quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles after the lockout ended, and signing him to a $60 million contract, rumors continue to swirl that the Arizona Cardinals will pounce on quarterback Peyton Manning once the Indianapolis Colts decide to release him. Part of the reason the Cardinals are believed to be interested in Manning is that the rest of the roster, particularly on defense, is playoff-caliber, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback put them back on top in the NFC West.

One of the key cogs on defense has been Calais Campbell, a 6-foot-8, 300-pound defensive end who has 180 tackles and 21 quarterback sacks in 46 starts over the last three seasons. The two sides have been talking contract throughout the season, but have yet to reach a deal. The Cardinals may have no choice but to franchise Campbell, which is projected to be worth nearly $11 million in 2012.

Here's a full list of the Cardinals' free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (7)

QB Richard Bartel
QB Max Hall
RB Alfonso Smith
WR Stephen Williams
DE Ronald Talley
LB Brandon Williams
CB A.J. Jefferson

Restricted Free Agents (4)

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling
LB Reginald Walker
CB Gregory Toler
S Rashad Johnson

Unrestricted Free Agents (16)

RB Chester Taylor
WR Early Doucet
OL Brandon Keith
OL D'Anthony Batiste
OL Deuce Lutui
OL Floyd Womack
DE Calais Campbell
DE Vonnie Holliday
LB Clark Haggans
LB Joey Porter
CB Richard Marshall
S Hamza Abdullah
S Sean Considine
K Jay Feely
P Dave Zastudil
LS Mike Leach

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge Of The Birds.

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