Campbell will be intriguing on open market

March, 6, 2012
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Of course, Peyton Manning is going to be the quarterback who everyone will be keeping their eyes on this offseason. However, there is an AFC West quarterback who is also coming off an injury who may be one of the top under-the-radar prospects.

Keep an eye on Jason Campbell. Capping a stunning turn of events that started five months ago when he broke his collarbone, Campbell will very likely leave Oakland. Had Campbell not been injured, he would have likely signed an extension with the Raiders by now.

Acquired in a draft weekend trade with Washington in 2010, Campbell made steady improvements and was becoming the undisputed leader of the Raiders at the time of his injury. However, then-Oakland coach Hue Jackson traded two premium picks to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer, two days after Campbell was injured. The Raiders are now married to Palmer.

Because he will get other opportunities in free agency, Campbell very likely will not return to Oakland. At the very least, Campbell will likely get a chance somewhere to compete for a starting job in training camp. That would not be the case in Oakland.

Among the potential candidates to sign Campbell may include the Jets, Jacksonville, Miami and Seattle. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said he thinks Campbell will be one of the best quarterback bargains available in free agency and I think he could find a new job within the first couple of days of free agency.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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