Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone 10 days ago. Two days later, the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer. One day later, Campbell found out about the trade while watching TV.
Faced with the fact that his contract expires after the season and the reality that Palmer, given the trade compensation, isn’t a half-season rental, Campbell won’t be the starter in Oakland next year. As a result, he apparently won’t be in Oakland next year.
“I’m a starter in this league,” Campbell tells CSN Bay Area. “Definitely. I look around the league and I play at a higher level than most guys. I’m definitely a starter. I’m not ready to accept being in a backup role. I’ve come too far and done too much and I feel like I’m still pressing on and I haven’t even done my best yet.”
Campbell will get a chance to find a job as a starter, or at least to compete for a starting job, come March. And if Palmer gets injured at some point and Campbell’s injury heals, he could still end up playing for the Raiders again, even if only until the end of the season.