Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is a running back’s worst nightmare. He possesses a unique combination of speed, size, and football IQ. His mere presence on the Falcons roster keeps offensive coordinators up at night. Campbell is, simply put, an integral part of a talented young core that made the Falcons defense a force to be reckoned with in 2017.
Campbell earned a 78.6 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2017. (28th among linebackers.) That was a huge jump in production for him, so he’s clearly found his stride. He’s also an incredibly disciplined football player. (He was flagged once in 2017; an offset roughing the passer penalty.) Campbell has gone from 4th round draft pick to budding star. Campbell’s Twitter handle (@Came_Along_Way) suits him, because as it rightly implies, he’s come a long way.
Campbell just signed with Rosenhaus Sports, an agency led by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey. If you’re not familiar with Rosenhaus, welcome to 2018; I hope the military-style bunker you’ve been hanging out in for the past three decades treated you well.
Rosenhaus has 170 clients and he’s negotiated more than $2 billion in contracts. That means when it comes time to extend Campbell, assuming the team wants to go that route, he’s going to have quality representation. That will be one of several hard decisions Thomas Dimitroff and company will make in the next 2-3 years. Campbell has two years remaining on his rookie deal, so it’s not an immediate, pressing concern, but his trajectory has undoubtedly changed the playing the field. (Pun intended.)