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Aaron Kampman Is Confident About Return

In John Oehser's most recent article on, he highlighted Aaron Kampman's road to recovery following a pair of ACL tears in 2009 and 2010 that have derailed his career recently and put his future with the Jaguars in question.

After tearing his left ACL with the Packers in 2009, Kampman tore his right ACL with the Jaguars during a practice in 2010. Complications from the injury hampered his attempt to return to the field in 2011 and led many to believe that the defensive end would be released, especially considering he'll cost a nearly $5 million cap hit to the Jaguars if he's on the roster in 2012.

But now Kampman says he's very confident in his recovery: "This is the most confident I've been in a long time." Also in the article Kampman tells Oehser that he was not himself during the few times that he saw the field in 2011. "I was never close to what I consider to be my level of play," Kampman said.

While it would still may be wise for the Jaguars to request Kampman to take a pay cut, considering the top end of the free agency market is gone and the cap money saved wouldn't be able to be allocated towards a player like Mario Williams so there's really no rush at this point.

The Jaguars might as well bring Kampman to training camp and see if his recovery truly is on the path that he clearly believes it is.