2020 NFL Free Agency: Early predictions for top 25 players

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25. OLB De’Vondre Campbell, Atlanta Falcons

2019 Salary: $2,166,382

Where he will sign: Philadelphia Eagles

One of the more underrated linebackers in the NFL, De’Vondre Campbell will get his first opportunity to cash in on a big-money deal this offseason. It just makes sense for that money to come out of the Atlanta Falcons’ pockets, right?

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Well, in case you weren’t aware, the Falcons don’t exactly have a plethora of cap space to throw around this offseason. In fact, it looks like they’re actually over the 2020 cap at this moment, meaning they’ll need to make some tough decisions and let people walk when March rolls around. That’s why I’m predicting that Campbell won’t return to Atlanta.

Instead, I could see the Philadelphia Eagles scooping him during 2020 NFL free agency. They clearly have a need at linebacker after losing Jordan Hicks last offseason and currently sporting Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nathan Gerry in starting roles. It’s clear an upgrade or two is needed, and Campbell certainly fits the bill.

The Minnesota product is an outstanding athlete who flies around the field, and is a plus pass rusher for a linebacker. Considering all of the areas of concern the Eagles need to address this offseason, it would be a great start to the retooling if they could land Campbell.