Breaking down Jason Campbell’s trade suitors

After the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb on Easter Sunday, the notion was that Jason Campbell would be dealt sometime before the end of next week’s draft. While he hasn’t garnered much attention the past two weeks, Campbell still remains likely to be traded either before or during the draft.

Here’s a breakdown of the teams that might be interested in Campbell and how he’d fit their offensive system. Ranked from most likely to least likely:

Raiders: If (and this is a big if) Al Davis is ready to cut his losses and move on from the failed JaMarcus Russell experiment, there’s no doubt that Campbell would be a fit for Oakland. He has the strong arm that Davis covets and throws a pretty deep ball. He wouldn’t be the answer to all the Raiders’ problems, but he would certainly be an upgrade over JaGarbage and incumbent Bruce Gradkowski. If they’re willing, the Raiders could probably acquire Campbell for as little as a fourth rounder. But they may go with a young QB like Jimmy Clausen in the draft, someone who should be available at No. 8 when Oakland is on the clock.

Bills: I would put Buffalo’s chances at acquiring Campbell on the same level as Oakland’s. The Bills are another candidate for Clausen in the draft but if they acquired Campbell, they could turn their attention towards their need at offensive tackle at No. 9. Campbell has a strong enough arm to play in the gusty winds at Ralph Wilson and would be an upgrade over Trent Edwards. While the Bills could stand to add another receiver, their running game is solid and assuming their young offensive line improves in its second year, Campbell could solidify the quarterback position and make Buffalo somewhat competitive next season.

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If teams are interested in Jason Campbell, they’re not showing it

The Redskins re-signed restricted free agent quarterback Jason Campbell to a one-year, $3.14 million contract on Monday, but if both parties are still hoping to part ways via a trade, other teams will have to show interest.

Campbell is still relatively young at 28 and is coming off a career-year in which he threw 20 touchdown passes, racked up 3,618 yards and compiled a completion rate of 64.5. Those numbers should be good enough for Campbell to garner interest from other teams, but if anyone is interested they’re playing their cards close to their vest.

The Bills, Raiders, Jaguars and Panthers are four teams that have a need at quarterback and Campbell could be a fit for any one of those squads. That said, Oakland (No. 8 overall) and Buffalo (No. 9 overall) are in position to possibly select Notre Dame signal caller Jimmy Clausen in the first round of this month’s draft, so they may choose to sit tight instead of opening a dialogue with Washington about Campbell. Jacksonville picks 10th, so they too could have an opportunity to select Clausen if he gets past the Raiders and Bills.

Campbell may have to wait until the draft before his fate is determined. And even then, he may have to wait until teams get desperate about their quarterback situation this summer before he’s moved. (If he’s moved.)

Of course, Campbell might not be going anywhere. Donovan McNabb’s contract expires at the end of the 2010 season and while the Redskins are hoping to sign him into an extension soon, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to lock him up long-term. If talks between the Skins and McNabb go south, maybe the team will hang onto Campbell as an insurance policy in case McNabb bolts at the end of the season.

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Donovan McNabb traded to Redskins for two draft picks

In a deal that will not only shake up the dynamics in the NFC East but also this month’s draft, ESPN is reporting that the Eagles have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in exchange for Washington’s second round pick this year and either a third or fourth round pick in 2011.

It’s unclear at this point whether the Redskins are working on extending McNabb’s contract, which expires at the end of the 2010 season. If he were traded, McNabb said that he wanted to play for a contender and considering he’s familiar with the NFC East, he might be comfortable finishing his career in Washington. He may also relish playing the Eagles twice a year, too.

It’s a little perplexing why the Eagles would trade him within the division – especially given the importance of McNabb’s position. There’s an unwritten rule that states that teams shouldn’t trade within their division because it could wind up haunting them in the long run. But maybe this was the best deal Philadelphia was offered and they jumped on it before the opportunity passed them by.

Now that the Redskins have their starting quarterback, what happens to Jason Campbell? The Skins will likely try to trade him, but they might not find many suitors considering other teams now know Washington doesn’t need him. Still, if they can get a mid round pick for Campbell, it would be better than releasing him and getting nothing in return. (Or keeping an unhappy Campbell on the roster.)

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Redskins are sending Campbell mixed signals

Imagine for a second that you’re Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell. You’re coming off your first year in the West Coast Offense (which you had to spend all of last year learning) and you pass for 3,245 yards, 13 touchdowns and compile a QB rating of 84.3. Now granted, you didn’t set the football world ablaze, but those are pretty decent stats for your first year in the system.

You (remember, you’re still imagining you’re Campbell) enter 2009 feeling pretty good about the season ahead. It’ll be your second season in the West Coast Offense and while pundits suggest it takes at least three years to master the system, you’re looking forward to building off the success you had in 2008.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, your overzealous owner Daniel Snyder attempts to trade you in efforts to acquire disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver. He of course fails, then meets with you to clear the air and reinforce that you’re still a part of the Redskins’ future. But a day later, the weasel turns around and starts talking to free agent Byron Leftwich, who would no doubt compete with you for the starting quarterback job next season if he were signed.

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