Big moves for Raiders, Seahawks
Let’s take a look at two trades that went down today with veteran talent and the impact it is going to have on the 2010 season…
Jason Campbell to Oakland
For starters, it is hard not to see this as a sign that the JaMarcus Russell run is over in Oakland. I expect head coach Tom Cable to designate this situation as a QB battle once camp opens up for the Raiders this summer, but this should be Campbell’s offense by the time the regular season begins in September.
What the Raiders get with Campbell is a QB who can move his feet in the pocket, throws a good football down the field and can be used in a variety of movement passes (boot, misdirection, play action). A player who brings starting experience and has had some success in this league during his time in Washington. There will be a lot said and written over the next couple of days about Campbell’s development—and how it was hindered working with multiple coordinators—but the talent is there. Good enough talent that we can call this a solid move by Oakland and a major upgrade on draft weekend. An instant starter and a solution to a QB situation that has been a disaster since the Raiders drafted Russell.
Leon Washington to Seattle
How about Pete Carroll today? He makes two moves to restock and realign his backfield when he brings in LenDale White from Tennessee and now Leon Washington from the Jets. A complete makeover for the Seattle running back situation and a sign that the new coach is bringing in the talent he believes best fits what he wants to see from an offensive perspective.
When the Jets took USC running back Joe McKnight off of the board in the fourth round, it was a sign that Washington’s time—and former role in that offense—was gone. Now, Washington should play a similar role in Seattle when he is healthy and ready to get back on the field--and have an impact in the kicking game. Two different styles and two different backs in White and Washington that can be used in various situations on Sundays. What does this say for Julius Jones and Justin Forsett? Carroll is the type of coach that loves to see players compete for jobs—plus roster spots—and that is exactly what they will do.
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