Packers boost depth at inside linebacker with De'Vondre Campbell signing
GREEN BAY - Looking to shore up their thin inside linebacker position, the Green Bay Packers have signed veteran free agent De'Vondre Campbell.
Campbell, a 6-4, 232-pound six-year veteran from the University of Minnesota, started all 16 games last season with the Arizona Cardinals. He was a fourth-round pick of Atlanta in the 2016 draft and spent four seasons with the Falcons.
Campbell made 99 tackles last season, his second-best season total. He has 462 tackles and seven sacks in 75 career games.
Campbell was in uniform Wednesday at the Packers' minicamp practice.
"He's a big, long guy who can run," said Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who was the Faclons' quarterbacks coach when Campbell was there. "He brings a different dynamic (to the linebacker position)."
The Packers have been thin at the inside linebacker position since releasing Christian Kirksey after the 2020 season.
The Packers created a spot on the 90-man roster by releasing running back Mike Weber.
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