Aaron Kampman was just released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I've been talking about the Dolphins' defensive end position and how I am unhappy with it, given the defense they're set to play. I don't like Jared Odrick much at Left End in this new defense. It's just not a position I think he's meant for. I like him as a player for sure. But I don't know that he's going to be able to play Left End in the base defense because like as not, he's going to have to pass rush from that spot. This is a passing league. It's not like he's only showing up there only for run plays. He's going to be out there for both and I'm just not sure I see it.
Kampman has a LOT of health issues. A torn left ACL ended his 2009 season. He came back pretty well in Jacksonville and played WELL. I just watched his game against Doug Free in 2010, and even first year back from an ACL injury he was good. But then he tore the ACL in his RIGHT knee midway through 2010. He had several setbacks trying to come back in 2011, including hamstring injuries, and the Jags just put him on injured reserve.
He was at Iowa while Philbin was there from 1999 to 2001. He was drafted in 2002 by Mike Sherman in Green Bay. He was allowed to walk in free agency (I believe) because the Packers had switched to a 3-4 defense and Kampman was not well suited for it. He gave it the ole college try in 2009, and actually acquitted himself surprisingly well I thought before tearing his ACL, but with the injury and with it being obvious the guy wasn't meant for the new style of defense, they let him go.
Andrew Brandt who was in Green Bay as a cap and contract guy, said Kampman was an "important player in GB for many years - highest character, raised work ethic of entire DL group."
So, you can bet that Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman both have high opinions on the guy.
The Dolphins only have three true defensive ends and all of them are small guys. Cam Wake is 6'3" and 250 lbs. Olivier Vernon is 6'2" and 261 lbs. Jamaal Westerman is 6'3" and 257 lbs. This is a very limited group. Vernon has POTENTIAL to develop into a pass rusher but he was by no means a proven, productive pass rusher at Miami. I thought he should be used as a 1st/2nd down run defender, then reduce inside to face a guard on 3rd down. The Dolphins seem to intend that he comes in on 3rd downs as an outside rusher as a rookie. I don't like that. Meanwhile Westerman is not really a pass rusher at all.
Terrance Knighton says: "Aaron Kampman is THE best teammate I ever had. Hate to see him go."
Austen Lane says: "Sad to see Kampman go. I'm grateful for the things he taught me on the field but more importantly about life. I wish him the best of luck!"