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Where will Campbell end up?

11/19/2009

Lost in all the drama at Redskins Park this season is the fact that quarterback Jason Campbell is actually putting up the best numbers of his career. My colleague Len Pasquarelli wrote a column on this very topic Tuesday, and he thinks some team could end up with a steal in Campbell either via free agency or a trade.

Could Campbell play his way back into the Redskins' plans in the second half of this season? I certainly hope not because the guy desperately needs a change of scenery after enduring Redskins owner Dan Snyder's wandering eyes for too long. Here's why Pasquarelli thinks Campbell is a poor fit in Jim Zorn's West Coast offense:

Campbell is stuck in a West Coast offense that is ill-suited to his strengths. His solid completion percentage aside, Campbell is not the classic "touch" passer. Instead, he's a quarterback with superb pocket stature (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and a strong right arm, and is much better throwing the ball vertically than he is completing 5-yard timing routes.

So where could the 27-year-old Campbell have a shot at a starting job next season? Well, the Browns could certainly use an upgrade at quarterback. And the Bills and Panthers could both be in the market for a new starter. The best thing about Campbell is that you don't have to start from scratch. Yes, he's played for way too many offensive coordinators but some of that experience is a good thing. He's learned to adapt to change, and if someone could place him in a more vertical passing game, he might flourish.

Here are the other possibilities for Campbell: The Jaguars, Rams and dare I say it ... the Oakland Raiders. If Brett Favre walks away from the game for the third or fourth time, Campbell could even be a possibility for the Vikings. Brad Childress runs the West Coast offense, but he tends to take more shots downfield than Zorn. And playing with Adrian Peterson would likely make Campbell a much more effective passer.

At this point in his career, Clinton Portis no longer strikes fear in opposing defenses. Campbell simply sees too much pressure playing behind a patchwork offensive line. Now I'm anxious to hear from you. Are there any Redskins fans who would like for Campbell to stick around?