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Will the 'Skins get good value for Campbell?

Four teams reported to have interest already. Matt Bowen

Print This April 05, 2010, 12:00 PM EST
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Now that Mike Shanahan has his quarterback in Donovan McNabb, the speculation of where Jason Campbell will end up has begun.

Campbell, like so many other veterans who see a high-profile player come in at their position, will be on the phone with his agent today trying to find a new home. And, I like to think that Campbell will have some takers as we continue to work toward the draft.

According to ESPN 980 in Washington, there is interest in Campbell from Buffalo, Carolina, Oakland, Jacksonville and an unknown team. And, looking at what Campbell can provide as a young QB who can be an impact player when put in the proper offense with good weapons around him, each of these four teams listed makes sense.

Buffalo has been in the QB market since new head coach Chan Gailey arrived; Carolina has a young — but unproven — Matt Moore, who is on a one-year deal; Oakland has a mess on its hands with JaMarcus Russell; and Jacksonville could be looking for some competition for David Garrard.

All possible destinations for Campbell. But, at what price?

I asked around this morning about what value Campbell would have in the trade market and the response I got from multiple sources was in the fourth-round range. In reality, both sides win if a deal for Campbell goes down. The ‘Skins get something in return for a player that would be an unrestricted free agent in 2011 — and a player who would serve as a backup to McNabb — and the new club gets a guy who can compete for a starting job at an average price of a fourth-round pick.

It is now obvious that Campbell was never the first choice of Shanahan when he took the job, but that doesn’t mean that Washington will just dump him. There is value with Campbell and it gives the ‘Skins another draft pick to play with.

And Campbell gets to prove himself outside of Washington.

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meateater
Apr 05, 2010
12:21 PM

Campbell has had a curious career. He was drafted to run a power running/long ball type offense, but ended up in al Saunders' timing scheme and then Zorn's WCO, two systems he just did not run effectively. He was undermined by a poor O line, constantly changing schemes and a dysfunctional front office. He can be decent at what he drafted for, ie be the QB of a running team that wants to stretch the field occasionally. Carolina is an obvious example of a team that he would fit. Another one is SF, which seems determined to delude itself into thinking Alex Smith can be their franchise QB.

Patrick
Apr 05, 2010
12:36 PM

" Another one is SF, which seems determined to delude itself into thinking Alex Smith can be their franchise QB".

You're implying that Jason Campbell is better than Alex Smith? Now that's funny.

BoostGear.com
Apr 05, 2010
01:06 PM

Kansas City Chiefs? Yes/No? Do they have a QB and I am just delusional?

meateater
Apr 05, 2010
01:46 PM

Patrick,

Yes, i do believe Campbell is better than Smith. Smith has never shown any ability to run an offense and has a mediocre arm. Basically, when I watch Smith I see a guy who has some of the same problems Campbell has, but without the big arm. The difference is Smith had the luxury of a strong ground game and some playmakers, whcih Campbell has largely lacked.

Karl Hungus
Apr 05, 2010
01:59 PM

St Louis could really set themselves up nice if they could get him for a 5th or 6th rounder and then trade out of the top slot and stockpile picks..Not totally sold on Bradford.......

Uli Kunkel
Apr 05, 2010
03:35 PM

Man, ya' gotta' feel for Campbell. He's never had a chance to succeed. Everytime it seems like he might get a chance, the rug gets pulled from underneath him.

All Campbell ever wanted was his rug back.

Mike J
Apr 05, 2010
03:39 PM

Campbell could be one of those guys who gets dealt, falls out if the limelight, & "suddenly" matures into a first-rate NFL QB for someone.
Why wouldn't the Vikings be interested in him??

Dais
Apr 05, 2010
04:00 PM

"Why wouldn't the Vikings be interested in him??"

Because they're content to sit around and wait on Favre.

Richard
Apr 05, 2010
04:36 PM

Whoever gets Campbell will be getting a steal. The guy basically had to learn a new offense every year he was in the NFL. If he can get stability he should be a decent QB. SF or Carolina perfect fit.

Yes he's better than Alex Smith

Shaun Hill is better than Alex Smith

Jimmy
Apr 05, 2010
04:58 PM

Yes, Campbell is better than than Smith and Hill and could play with an NFL team anywhere !!

Mr. Murder
Apr 05, 2010
08:40 PM

He made big steps forward last season, now you change almost everything around him. That would be tough on anyone, but Jason did show overall toughness in games as well. That trait could see him through most any transition.

Tom M
Apr 05, 2010
10:10 PM

Karl,

St Louis WOULD be the perfect fit. Campbell never got a chance with 4 or 5 OC's in his life. In St Louis he can hand the ball off to SJ and play action down field. Campbell is used to a crap OL too.

Bradford might get killed in St Louis. Unfortunately the 1 team that seemed willing to trade up was Washington. Bradford will now slide to Cleveland (if St Louis passes) unless Buffalo wants to trade up with Seattle.

If I were Bradford, I'd sign a reasonable contract real soon with the Rams. Not a dumb Brady Quinn contract but something large yet not excessive with minimal performance bonuses. Somwhow though, I think he wants to do the Elway/Eli.

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