The Florida Times-Union reported late Saturday evening that the Jaguars agreed to terms on a contract with unrestricted free agent Aaron Kampman, a key defender for the Packers the last eight seasons. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Kampman, who moved to left outside linebacker last year in Green Bay’s new 3-4 defense, will return to defensive end, the position at which he had previously excelled for the Packers.
The Jaguars must hope the 30-year-old Kampman does not develop complications with the ACL in his left knee, which required surgery after he tore it nine games into the 2009 season. By all accounts, Kampman, who also reportedly received interest on the free-agent market from the Seahawks and Eagles, is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery.
In his final season with the Packers, Kampman, who never truly warmed up to his position switch according to daily team observers, registered 55 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks. The previous three years, he totaled 37 sacks as one of the league’s most accomplished pass-rushing defensive ends. The Jaguars’ No. 1 need entering the offseason was widely considered to be a quality pass rusher off the edge.