The Atlanta Falcons have announced their intention to sign free-agent defensive end Calais Campbell on a one-year deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The six-time Pro Bowler is expected to bolster the struggling Falcons’ defense and bring veteran leadership to the locker room.

Campbell, 37, has a storied career with 99 career sacks, 16 forced fumbles, 809 tackles, and 165 tackles for loss over 227 games. His experience spans stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, and most recently the Baltimore Ravens, who released him on March 13.

In addition to his on-field prowess, Campbell is also known for his character, having won the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The Falcons hope his veteran presence will help guide their young defense, which has finished 24th in the league in points allowed and 26th in yards surrendered on average over the past five years.

The Falcons’ defense, now under the direction of new coordinator Ryan Nielsen, has made other significant acquisitions in recent weeks, including safety Jessie Bates and defensive lineman David Onyemata. With these additions, Atlanta aims to elevate its defense to match the strength of its ground-and-pound offense.

The NFC South division remains wide open, and the Falcons’ free agency spending spree could position them well for success in the upcoming season. While it’s uncertain whether Campbell’s signing will propel Atlanta back to the top of the division, his ability to bring down quarterbacks and impact games is undisputed.

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