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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Some Redskins preparing for next stop

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- We're only about an hour away from the Raiders-Redskins kickoff, so let's discuss a couple of  things. The Washington Post's Barry Svrluga had a story today about how some Redskins veterans (Carlos Rogers, Rock Cartwright, Jason Campbell) are starting to wonder about their futures.

Cartwright, who has been a special-teams standout for years, had the strongest comments. He thinks the Redskins are ready to move on without him because of the $1.5 million that he's scheduled to make in 2010. For some reason, Svrluga doesn't mention running back Clinton Portis in his story. I think there's a chance Washington could move forward without him after this season.

Svrluga takes the opportunity to praise the work of second-year players Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly and Fred Davis. If there's a silver lining to this dreadful season, it's that those three players have started to live up to their immense potential. No matter who owner Dan Snyder chooses as his new head coach, there will be wholesale changes. This team needs to rebuild its offensive line and probably settle on a new quarterback and running back.

Campbell has played some of the best football of his NFL career in recent weeks, but he desperately needs a change of scenery. It's hard to imagine a scenario where the Redskins sign him to an extension. Not after the way they've courted other quarterbacks over the past year. Would you rather have Campbell or Jay Cutler right now?

I think it's an easy answer. Campbell's played better than Cutler for weeks.