A few of you have asked recently about former Army safety Caleb Campbell, Detroit's seventh-round pick in 2008 who was caught up in a rule clarification that required him to serve two years as an officer rather than jump immediately to the NFL.
The Army indicated Campbell could be eligible to play in 2010, and it appears Campbell is attempting a comeback. He told the Times Herald-Record that he worked out Tuesday with the Lions as a linebacker and was offered a one-year contract after running a sub-4.5 40. The next step is submitting paperwork to initiate his release from active duty.
The Lions originally thought they would have Campbell in their 2008 training camp, thanks to a proposed alternative service option that would have allowed him to play while fulfilling his duties on days off and in the offseason. The Army eliminated that option on the day before he was scheduled to report to training camp. He is currently stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.
It will be up to the Department of Defense to determine whether Campbell can participate in the early portion of the Lions' offseason program or if he must wait until May. We'll keep you updated.