Monday, April 5, 2010
Campbell could make sense in Oakland
By Bill Williamson
We pondered this idea Sunday night and it seems the Raiders are intrigued by the thought as well.
ESPN radio in Washington is reporting that Oakland is one of five teams to express interest in Jason Campbell. He will likely be moved now that Washington replaced him Sunday night by trading for Donovan McNabb.
Oakland’s interest makes perfect sense. The Raiders were pursuing McNabb before Philadelphia traded him to Washington. Now, Campbell becomes the best available quarterback.
Why shouldn’t Oakland consider him? The Raiders clearly are looking for an upgrade over JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski. Campbell isn’t great -- quarterback guru Mike Shanahan wouldn’t have replaced him before playing one game with Campbell if he thought was a rising star -- but he could help Oakland some. If the price is right, Oakland should consider it.
There aren’t a lot of other top options out there. This move wouldn’t shake up the AFC West like McNabb’s acquisition would have, but Campbell could provide a small upgrade.
It would be interesting to see if Oakland owner Al Davis would strike a deal with former employees Shanahan and Bruce Allen in Washington. But if he wants a new quarterback, he may have no choice.