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Campbell learned of Palmer trade on television

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Jason Campbell’s star-crossed career took its cruelest turn last week.

On Saturday, he was the starting quarterback of a playoff contender.  On Monday, he was undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone.

By Tuesday, Campbell was recovering in bed when an interesting press conference came on the television. Carson Palmer had been traded to Oakland. It was the first Campbell heard of it.

“I was halfway still on pain medicine,” Campbell told 95.7 this weekend. “It was kind of a moment of silence. My fiancée looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. There’s different things that go through your mind but you don’t want to fill your mind with those thoughts.”

Campbell spoke with Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Friday. He said Jackson offered encouragement and belief that Campbell could overcome this injury.  But Campbell seems to understand his NFL future likely will be in another NFL uniform.

“As a player in this league, you can’t worry about the things that go on from a business side of it, the political side of it,” Campbell said. “You know what you’re worth, you know what you’ve done to help the franchise you’ve got here, put us in the position we’re in now.”

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48 Responses to “Campbell learned of Palmer trade on television”
  1. tampajoey says: Oct 23, 2011 9:25 AM

    Did Campbell expect the Raiders to give up on a great the season because he got injured? Get over it Jason!

  2. ecnasty says: Oct 23, 2011 9:31 AM

    I completely understand the move. But could that have been handled any worse?

  3. bdawk20 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:32 AM

    So did I!

  4. xxbomberxx says: Oct 23, 2011 9:34 AM

    Wow… THIS is why I will never be opposed to a player trying to get all the $$$$ he can. These teams dont care about the players and as soon …. as SOON as they can replace you.. THEY WILL

  5. raiderbeliever says: Oct 23, 2011 9:35 AM

    Although I have appreciation for Campbell only losing one game this year to the Pats, (or at the very least ruined hope altogether to come back)he has done well enough most of the time to manage the game.

    Other than that he was scared under pressure, even long distance pressure, and made horrible passes in those situations. If he wound up to go deep, you almost knew it was incomplete, out of bounds, or picked.

    Then there were the check down passes all day long to pad stats or out of fear of making a downfield throw. It was easier that way. Also, Hue had been in his ear over it on the sidelines, and I really don’t believe Hue likes him. What he said to him post injury is all fluff with no substance.

    Carson better be good, and very good.

    I am thankful to Campbell, but he’s an 8-8 guy, maybe 9-7.

  6. gstewart400 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:36 AM

    Is Hue Jackson a Raider Savior or In Over His Head? Signs now point to the latter.

  7. bucks12965 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:37 AM

    Perhaps if Campbell goes Steve Smith on somebody, he’ll start getting some respect.

    Also, don’t be so sure he won’t be the QB of the future for the Raiders. I know I’m not the only one who thinks Palmer is washed up. But I also predicted Todd Marinovich was going to be a superstar….so what do I know?

  8. jerruhjones21 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:37 AM

    So what…He is a player and doesn’t need to be consulted on trades or much else for that matter…

    Hi job is to play and he can’t…

  9. tom35mt says: Oct 23, 2011 9:40 AM

    yeah, well some people get laid off by E-mail, so get over it.

  10. capesquad says: Oct 23, 2011 9:41 AM

    I totally get having to replace the guy– but a simple phone call would have made all the difference. Classless.

  11. Chairman Al says: Oct 23, 2011 9:41 AM

    I’ve said before it’s a shame that Campbell had this work out this way…He seems like a genuinely good guy who finally caught a bit of a break. However, Oakland isn’t playing for the future. They’ve waited 8 years for relevance, and, unfortunately for Campbell, Hue Jackson wasn’t going to wait another year.

    Wish him the best, as long as he doesn’t go to Denver, KC, or San Diego because I really do think he has a lot of football left in him.

  12. richm2256 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:44 AM

    “Ummmm ……. Carson, ahhhhh …… we were GONNA tell you, but ummmmm….”

  13. vincentbojackson says: Oct 23, 2011 9:47 AM

    I’m sure he’ll feel better once he sees Palmer can’t play anymore.

  14. santorin4 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:48 AM

    Once a Raider always a Raider…………until Sports Center tells you differently.

  15. medialovesthecowboys says: Oct 23, 2011 9:50 AM

    One phone call. All it would take is one phone call. From Hue, a team official, Mark Davis. There’s way too many cases of guys in sports finding out stuff like this on TV. It’s completely disrespectful.

  16. rundmc81 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:51 AM

    JC did a great job for the Raiders this year. But what was Hue suppose to do? Call Jason in the middle of the surgery and tell him?? The trade deadline was last Tuesday.. It was crunch time. Jason’s career as a Raider is over but he played his heart out for Oakland and was a valuable leader. You earned your money JC.. Good luck man. In Hue we trust

  17. jstorm6 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:59 AM

    They should never have made that trade without talking to cambell first. (sarcasm)

  18. dabutcha114 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:02 AM

    Thanks for a great half of season and strong finish to last season, but the time is now. Palmer is the future of this franchise until Pyror is developed. Probably back to the skins with you. If Rex Ryan had half a brain he would sign Cambell as a starter and bench that bum Sanchez. Well if your not with us next season your against us.

    Win, lose, or tie. Raiders till I die!!!

  19. commandercornpone says: Oct 23, 2011 10:03 AM

    campbell is journeyman quality, nothing more. he “led” the skins to a 6-2 start one time. then to an 8-8 finish.

    he isnt a positive difference maker.

    todd collins of all people led the 5-7 skins to 9-7 and the playoffs after campbell went down against the bears. campbell had them at 5-7.

  20. Gordon says: Oct 23, 2011 10:05 AM

    Not handled well by Jackson. Having said that, he is a very average QB. He would be the best backup QB in the league.

  21. phillybirds says: Oct 23, 2011 10:15 AM

    Don’t hate on Jason because he answered the media’s questions. Hate on reporters for making stories out of nothing. Oakland wasn’t going to update Jason on their plans, the media should know that. You have 1 week to prepare for your next game, maybe 2 at the most. Reporters just try to make these players feel like idiots by publicly asking questions like “What was going through your mind when you first found out Carson Palmer was replacing you as this franchises qb?”

    Give it up.

  22. skolvikesskol says: Oct 23, 2011 10:19 AM

    He knows what hes worth… Okay, ill give a big wheel, my mismatched slippers, a peanut butter sandwich and a pat on the back to play for the Rough Riders next year, but i wont tell u witch Rough Riders… Ull have to ask Doug Flutie.

  23. raiderbeliever says: Oct 23, 2011 10:22 AM

    Hue made the right move. Being that Hue didn’t care for Campbells pusillanimous play on the field, I am certain there was a sigh of relief when Hues ear caught the sound waves of the breaking of a collar bone.

    Keep in mind Hue had been talking to Palmer for a while. I wonder why?

    The time was now to get him, and the trade had to get done fast by Tuesday.

    Hopefully haste isn’t waste here, and Palmer performs well.

    I can’t imagine what this offense will be like on the ground and in the air with a very good QB at the helm. No more stacking the box. It would be about time the Raiders started to win again and perhaps even dominate in the AFC West.

    Also, we have some very capable WR’s on this team, so don’t go bringing Ocho-stinko in the mix. No need for a prima-donna as I can’t name one on this team, and I like it that way.

    Again, I appreciate Campbells efforts to get good, but he is what he is. With all of our offensive weapons, he held back part of the power of the offense, which is the running game because no one feared his passing. Fact.

    Good luck Jason.

  24. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 23, 2011 10:24 AM

    Everyone and their mother knows Jackson and the Raiders botched this trade. A 1st and a 2nd (it won’t convert to a 1st because they aren’t going to the AFC Championship) for a QB in the twilight of his career with diminishing arm strength? Campbell was perfect for what the Raiders were on offense. They should have rode out this injury with Boller, continued on with Cambell after the injury and next year, and developed Pryor for the future….

    … And kept their draft picks.

  25. 00otto says: Oct 23, 2011 10:25 AM

    the guy got hurt sunday afternoon and the trade deadline was tuesday……what did he expect……sorry jason….it wasnt a priority to make you feel good at that point in time

  26. xstaticonradio says: Oct 23, 2011 10:25 AM

    raiderbeliever says: Oct 23, 2011 9:35 AM

    Although I have appreciation for Campbell only losing one game this year to the Pats, (or at the very least ruined hope altogether to come back)he has done well enough most of the time to manage the game.

    Other than that he was scared under pressure, even long distance pressure, and made horrible passes in those situations. If he wound up to go deep, you almost knew it was incomplete, out of bounds, or picked.

    Then there were the check down passes all day long to pad stats or out of fear of making a downfield throw. It was easier that way. Also, Hue had been in his ear over it on the sidelines, and I really don’t believe Hue likes him. What he said to him post injury is all fluff with no substance.

    Carson better be good, and very good.

    I am thankful to Campbell, but he’s an 8-8 guy, maybe 9-7.

    ———————————–
    And Carson Palmer is a 4-12 guy.

  27. raiderman41 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:27 AM

    Could this had been handled differently? Of course, but the timing is what precipitated the way it was handled.

    Jason had surgery on Monday. Sure, it would have been nice if Hue Jackson had stayed by his bedside all day Monday and Tuesday, but he had a bigger responsibility to the entire team. At 4-2 and with their starting QB out for a minimum of six weeks, Jackson had to do something to give his team the greatest chance of getting to the playoffs. With Kyle Boller at the helm, the Raiders would be 7-5 at best after six weeks of play. Jackson had to explore free agent and trade possibilities that gave his team the best chance of winning — at least until Jason Campbell returns. Remember, the Raiders don’t have a GM, which means that Jackson is the head coach and GM until one is hired. He also had to prepare his team for the next game. The trade deadline was Tuesday at 4EST, which means that Jackson had less than 48 hours to get a trade done after Jason’s injury.

    I’m sure Jackson checked on Jason. When he did talk to Jason, he told him how much his hard work was appreciated. Jason knows this is a business of winning, and that lat any time any team will attempt to make itself better. You also failed to mention that Jason’s contract expires after the season, which means he could move on at any time — without talking to his coach.

    Jason should re-sign with the Raiders, where he is appreciated by
    Raider Nation. Every player in the NFL knows that he is only one play away from being a starter at any time, and he’s also one play away from amseason-ending or career-ending injury at any time.

  28. mancave001 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:30 AM

    Speaking as a former Carson Palmer fan, I think this thing is going to blow up in the Raiders’ faces. Palmer has done nothing since the knee injury. He’s simply not been the same player. I fail to see why the Raiders would be excited about him. And as for comments, well..it seems to me that many of the same people that said Kevin Kolb was unproven and overrated are now on the Palmer bandwagon.

  29. jampacun says: Oct 23, 2011 10:33 AM

    Sure, they should have TOTALLY have given him another reason to worry while he is on the surgery room, but thats what we al would like to do, right? Have some doctor cut our flesh while we worry for our job…

  30. j0esixpack says: Oct 23, 2011 10:34 AM

    I can commiserate with Cambell – but stop and think for a second folks.

    Were the Raiders supposed to interrupt Cambell during surgery and let him know?

    Tell him before surgery and let his agent know as well, before they’d secured Palmer?

    Delaying was not an option – given the trade deadline and the circumstances of the injury and surgery, I’m not sure whether Cambell was expecting them to delay out of concerns of hurting his feelings

  31. dawsonleery says: Oct 23, 2011 10:46 AM

    NFL = Not For Long. This is a business and and cut throat one at that. Hue Jackson has games to win or he’ll be out. Its the nature of the beast.

  32. levingibbs says: Oct 23, 2011 10:54 AM

    I wouldn’t be mad if Jason came back to Washington.

  33. raiderbeliever says: Oct 23, 2011 10:55 AM

    mancave001 says:Oct 23, 2011 10:30 AM

    Speaking as a former Carson Palmer fan, I think this thing is going to blow up in the Raiders’ faces. Palmer has done nothing since the knee injury. He’s simply not been the same player. I fail to see why the Raiders would be excited about him. And as for comments, well..it seems to me that many of the same people that said Kevin Kolb was unproven and overrated are now on the Palmer bandwagon.
    ————————————————–

    Which is why I remain cautious about this decision. I am not certain it was a good one, but we will find out soon enough.

    The Raiders have been good rejuvenators or players in the past.

  34. ern215 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:57 AM

    I say keep Jason as the backup, Carson may be hurt soon Nd Jason knows the system, and can step tight in without missing a beat.

  35. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:58 AM

    Lol, man, no one likes to tell this dude ANYTHING to his face. He must be a scary guy for coaches never to look him in the eye. Or a sad sack.

  36. raiderrob21 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:58 AM

    Why tell him before? Hes done as a Raider. His contract is up at the end of this year. Thanks for your commitment to excellence but its time for you to move on. This is what we needed. (Coach Hue) ALWAYS looking to make the team better, no matter if your a starting OLB (Quinten Groves- replaced last week with the trade for Aaaron Curry) or incumbant starting QB. Remember when Bill Walsh got rid of Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott 2-4 years BEFORE they were done?

    RAIDER NATION!!!

  37. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:04 AM

    I really feel bad for Jason Campbell. This guy has had a different offensive coordinator every year of his career except the last two years. right when he finally gets some consistency in his career this happens. I really feel bad for him. I hope he goes somewhere and does great. He’s a really talented guy.

  38. bluejays20091 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:04 AM

    sorry Jason campbell i really feel sorry for you.

  39. slightlyhyphy says: Oct 23, 2011 11:14 AM

    Jason is a great guy. I loved him as the QB of this team. I really thought he was turning a corner in his career, and that he was the guy to lead this team to the playoffs. Unfortunately, Campbell got hurt while trying to extend his arm for a first down. That’s the kind of guy Jason is, he’ll lay it all out there for the team.

    That being said, the Raiders couldn’t wait on Jason. They want to win now, and the Raiders wouldn’t have survived 6-8 weeks of Kyle Boller. I’d love to resign Jason as the backup quarterback because he’s an awesome Raider, but I also realize that this guy deserves a chance to start.

  40. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:35 AM

    Jason Campbell is a true Raider..Not too many players are strong enough to carry the weight of the Silver & Black shield. Let’s hope Hue let’s JC compete for the job when he gets healthy.

    AND A REAL COMPETITION. Not the farce that I saw with Trent Edwards and Kyle Boller. Trent Edwards will QB circles around Boller.

  41. conjecture101 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:41 AM

    What people are missing is that this NEVER would have been handled like this if Al were still here. All this “teams don’t care about players” talk did not apply to Al Davis. He would have made sure Campbell knew about the trade in advance. Campbell get well soon.

    Nevertheless, Just Win Baby

  42. rayguyreturns says: Oct 23, 2011 11:42 AM

    The team is 4-2 (and 1 play away from 5-1). You lose your starting QB and are staring at Kyle Boller or a rookie who’s practiced for 2 weeks as your QB.

    Your injured QB is out a MINIMUM of 6 weeks and more likely 8-10 especially since it was his throwing arm. The seasons over for him (and you as well if you do nothing). He’s also not under contract for next season.

    There is a trade deadline coming up in one week and free agents are nil with Garrard needing surgery.

    Don’t you think the team is a little busy to worry about when Jason is notified of a trade? With Twitter, et. all., these trades/activities are known minutes after they are finalized. Do you really think that the notification should of been at the top of the teams priority list?

    How about worrying about THE TEAM first.

  43. scoob766 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:57 AM

    It’s the raiders, enough said?

  44. titknocker says: Oct 23, 2011 11:57 AM

    jason campbells fiancee is a straight dime piece, i’m sure jason will be just fine. a bad day for him is better than what most of us go through on a daily grind!!

  45. cgalaxy says: Oct 23, 2011 12:02 PM

    mancave001 says:
    Oct 23, 2011 10:30 AM
    Speaking as a former Carson Palmer fan, I think this thing is going to blow up in the Raiders’ faces. Palmer has done nothing since the knee injury. He’s simply not been the same player. I fail to see why the Raiders would be excited about him. And as for comments, well..it seems to me that many of the same people that said Kevin Kolb was unproven and overrated are now on the Palmer bandwagon.

    ===================================

    Palmer went to the Pro Bowl (and won Pro Bowl MVP, not that that really means much) the year AFTER the knee surgery. He had a pretty good year the following year but threw too many picks.

    You’re basically right though, but it’s after his elbow injury that his play has really declined, not the knee injury, and I’m not too optimistic about his future either. It just always bothers me when people say that “he was never the same” after the knee injury, when he actually had a huge year right after it.

  46. czech12 says: Oct 23, 2011 12:08 PM

    This will all be very funny when the Raiders miss the playoffs. Don’t worry Jason, now you will be able to laugh too!

  47. wetpaperbag2 says: Oct 23, 2011 12:10 PM

    xxbomberxx says: Oct 23, 2011 9:34 AM

    Wow… THIS is why I will never be opposed to a player trying to get all the $$$$ he can. These teams dont care about the players and as soon …. as SOON as they can replace you.. THEY WILL
    —————————-

    Funny, that wasn’t the sentiment of fans during the lockout.

    Back to the topic at hand. What did Jason Campbell expect the team to do? Wait until Jason was completely off the lingering effects of his pain meds to inform him of the acquisition? Last I remember, it’s the PLAYERS that are ALWAYS SAYING that “This is a business” when it comes to THEM wanting more money. So, how is THIS any different?

    Also, both teams were trying to work under the radar on the trade…that is until Jay Glazer ran his mouth on Twitter in order to say, “First.”

  48. happybunnyj says: Oct 23, 2011 8:02 PM

    I can’t think of any guy that’s been screwed over professionally as much as this guy. He is very classy and I always liked him, even though I hated his team.

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