NFL Nation: Jason Campbell traded

Jason Campbell by the numbers

April, 24, 2010
Thanks to the hard-working folks at ESPN Stats and Information, here are some intriguing charts breaking down the play of quarterback Jason Campbell, who was sent from Washington to Oakland on Saturday.

Raiders now have legitimate QB

April, 24, 2010
OK, it’s official: The Oakland Raiders found the quarterback they were looking for this offseason.

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Icon SMIJason Campbell passed for 3,618 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
In their latest attempt to upgrade a large, but unimpressive quarterback group, the Raiders are trying to salvage the starting career of disposed Washington starter Jason Campbell. Oakland gave up a fourth-round pick in 2012. That’s a bargain price for a starting quarterback. Ironically, Oakland owner Al Davis finally got his new quarterback by dealing with former charges Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen.

Campbell was given a contract extension through the 2011 season. It is clear Oakland is putting its offense in the hands of Campbell.

This is a good move for the short term. Campbell, a former first-round pick, is average. That means he’s much better than JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye.

Campbell won’t lose games for Oakland. He will keep the Raiders competitive. He should account for two or three more wins. So, Oakland should be out of that 11-loss danger zone. The Raiders have lost 11 or more games for the past seven years, which is an NFL record.

Campbell is the big move Oakland has been toying with all offseason. They were linked to Donovan McNabb (who was traded to Washington and who replaced Campbell), Ben Roethlisberger and Sage Rosenfels.

Campbell, 28, is not necessarily a long-term answer. But he has started 45 games in the past three seasons and he is steady. He has improved each season. He threw for 3,618 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Compare those to Russell’s numbers and Campbell looks like a Pro Bowl player.

Campbell has the big arm Oakland covets and he is a smart player. He should help Oakland’s young receiving core of Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Provided the receivers hold onto the ball better, Oakland’s passing game should be improved.

The Raiders also have running backs Michael Bush and Darren McFadden. If these two runners can become more consistent, Oakland’s offense should be much improved. Or least, it should be competitive, which wasn’t the case much of last year. Oakland upgraded its defense with Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston in the first and second round.

Saturday, Oakland addressed another big need. I was critical of the Raiders on Friday night for bypassing falling quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy. The Raiders needed to address the future at the position. Saturday, in the form of Campbell, the team addressed the immediate future and that’s good enough.

I applaud Oakland for realizing it needed to do something at quarterback. Even if Campbell just helps for the next two years, it can get Oakland out of the abyss. The quarterback position was holding Oakland back.

It’s time for Russell to be cut. Gradkowski is a nice backup option, but he has limitations. Oakland broadened its quarterback horizons with the Campbell deal. Now, it can finally become a legitimate NFL franchise.

Skins trade Campbell to Raiders

April, 24, 2010
Quarterback Jason Campbell has confirmed to that he's been traded to the Oakland Raiders this afternoon. The Redskins will receive a fourth-round pick from the Raiders in the 2012 draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Campbell told me via phone this afternoon that he and his agent, Joel Segal, had received interest from the Panthers on Friday until they selected Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen with the No. 48 overall pick. But Campbell was excited about the prospect of a fresh start after being replaced by Donovan McNabb in Washington.

"I look at this as getting to start over," said Campbell. "I talked to Mr. [Al] Davis, and he wanted me for two years. He wants me to help their team to a new level."

When I asked him whether he was assured a starting role, Campbell responded, "I got that feeling. I'm going to work hard to make sure that happens."

Talks between the Redskins and Raiders heated up Saturday morning and Campbell's new contract was agreed upon by about noon ET. He'll make $3.1 million in 2010 and $4.5 million in 2011. And Davis has left the door open to Campbell playing his way into more money in 2011.

"Had I stayed [in Washington], there was no guarantee I was going to be the backup," said Campbell. "Now I have a chance to go play for a team that really wants me."

We'll have more on this trade throughout the afternoon.

Campbell going to Oakland

April, 24, 2010
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says quarterback Jason Campbell has been traded by the Washington Redskins to the Oakland Raiders.

Schefter reports the Redskins will receive a 2012 fourth-round draft pick as a part of the trade.



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