Campbell moves to front of 2012 free-agent quarterback class

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The 2011 free-agency period, when it finally started, featured an uncharacteristically high number of veteran quarterbacks, from Matthew Hasselbeck to Tarvaris Jackson to Alex Smith to Rex Grossman to (via trades) Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb.  The dust finally settled on Tuesday, when the Bengals traded Carson Palmer to the Raiders.

And that move means Jason Campbell won’t be back next year with the Raiders.

Campbell, whose contract expires after the season, joins 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (and McNabb) as the biggest looming names on the quarterback free-agency market.  (Kyle Orton will be a free agent, too.  I’d already forgotten about him.  Just like the Broncos have.)

In his sixth NFL season, Campbell was having a solid, but not spectacular, second season in Oakland.  With the 49ers likely to keep Smith, Campbell could be the top target for teams looking for a veteran quarterback.

Traded out of Washington after the Redskins acquired McNabb, Campbell is having a much better season than Grossman, the guy who replaced McNabb.  Campbell also is arguably playing as well if not better than the guy who will be replacing him in Oakland.

Palmer faded down the stretch in 2009, losing four of five games and playing poorly in back-to-back losses to the Jets that bridged the end of the regular season and the playoffs.  Last year, there was a nagging sense that something wasn’t right with Palmer.

Some think it traces to his torn ACL from January 2006.  But even though Palmer seemed to be skittish about sticking his plant leg out there once he came back, he threw for more than 4,000 yards in his first season after the injury, with a passer rating in excess of 90.

The more logical question is whether Palmer is still feeling the effects of the elbow injury that limited him to four games in 2008.  Either way, he hasn’t been significantly better than Campbell in recent years, and Campbell will be available in March for a lot less than a first-round pick and a second-round pick that could become a first-rounder.

57 responses to “Campbell moves to front of 2012 free-agent quarterback class

  1. He’s not that good. He’s a game manager, but he’s not a long-term solution.

    He’ll limit mistakes, but he won’t win you any games and he’s awful in the clutch.

  2. At least Campbell got to show that he’s a serviceable QB at minimum.

    He never really got a decent shot in D. C.

    Problem for him might be the glut of rookies coming into the league next year.

    Campbell will probably get a shot with some team that doesn’t want to start from scratch.

  3. Keep him #2. Who’s to say he won’t sign a new contract with the Raiders. Some bench time in the same system may do him some good.

  4. Jason is a good guy , real talk, a good dude to pull for

    he was just getting it together , 1 hail mary away from beating buffalo and being 5-1

    mad love, good luck

  5. Getting Palmer was a good move, considering what happened to Campbell, but it is at the wrong price. Awful value.

  6. Who says the Raiders don’t keep him? What happens if Palmer gets injured and Campbell steps back in this year and takes them to the playoffs? I wouldn’t cross Campbell off the Raiders just yet.

  7. I’d take Campbell or Garrard coming off injury over McNabb. That being said, I’m ecstatic my team doesn’t need a QB next offseason.

  8. Didn’t I read somewhere that Campbell has had a different offensive coordinator every year since college?

  9. “Last year, there was a nagging sense that something wasn’t right with Palmer.”

    Exactly, seems like he hasn’t been right in a while. Hard to know for sure though, he played on some bad Bengal teams. Good thing we have the Raiders to help us figure out what is wrong with him, if anything.

    If Palmer walked into my office looking like he did in that pic, I would have tried harder for Josh Johnson down in Tampa. I would have called Harbaugh first, but I suppose I am a little more than partial to his advice…

  10. People always read a statline, but never watch games.

    This is what fantasy football has done.

    Campbell is going to manage a game and limit turnovers, but he’s not a playmaker and he’s horrible in the clutch.

    The bad thing about a QB like Campbell is, he’ll do just well enough to play your team out of good draft position, but not in the playoffs – and he’ll do just well enough so the team doesn’t look for a real answer at the position.

    Also, Al Davis, 100% doesn’t make this move.

  11. As a skins fan lemme send out a warning to the rest of the lig:

    DO NOT WANT

    The guy is scared of his own shadow and plays not to lose rather than to win. He has physical talent for certain but he certainly isnt anyone you want on a contending team.

  12. Campbell should go to a team who doesnt have a decent starter and cant get one in the draft and no not Washington. i think his best fit would be in Denver if Tebow fails and they dont get a rookie or Kansas City if they quit on Cassel. Campbell isnt great, he’s more average.

  13. I can see a number of QBs who will probably get their walking papers. One or two from the Skins, one from Miami, etc. And Matt Flynn will be a FA if the Packers don’t come to terms with him.

  14. As a Bengal fan I’m happy for the generousity from the Raiders. BUT, I also believe they are getting a QB that will regain his form with them. Ever since Hue Jack left Cinti, the Bengals WR corp went stupid. Inconsistent routing running and crying for the ball left Palmer mentally exhausted. He NEVER threw TO or Chad under the bus last year when they gave up on balls or ran the wrong routes, causing him to get intercepted. Mike Brown allowed this crap to happen, that is until Marvin got the lease taken off him and purged the locker room of the malcontents.
    Good luck Carson, go Raiders, hope to see ya in the playoffs. PS Thomas Howard is doing great in Cinti.

  15. Jason Campbell is average at best. He is a journeyman QB who can start. I think he would be a very good backup QB because he has a ton of experience, but I would not want him starting the full season for my team.

  16. How can anyone truly assess the value of a trade the day it was made? Seriously, people. This could work out either way. Give it a couple of years before you start making point of fact judgements. Hell… how about one freakin game? LOL!

  17. I appreciate what Campbell did for the Raiders, but the end zone interception against the Patriots (and then the soft toss to Wilfork) really made me question whether he was the guy to take the team deep into the playoffs.

  18. dey took his job!

    Matt Flynn is a free agent after the season as well.
    Not saying he’s the next mark brunell/matt hasselback, but he’d be a lot better than some starters out there.

  19. I know it’s hard with him sometimes, but don’t forget about Orton. He’ll be there too.

  20. “Packers trade Flynn for a first or second and sign Campbell as a backup. Everyone is happy.”

    First, Campbell’s a terrible fit with the Packers offense.

    Second, the trade window just closed.

    Third, Ted’s highly unlikely to bring in a 30+ year old anything.

  21. whoever gives up a 1 and a 2 for flynn is a fool, unless he gets to bring his receivers with him.

  22. Best to Jason Campbell who comes accross as a really good guy and team player. He is a solid QB..and you can win with him. But he is not a franchise QB.

  23. I would prefer Matt Flynn to him, actually, yeah, although the difference is a gap, not a chasm.

    Flynn was a tremendously efficient, although spectacularly unflashy, quarterback at LSU, and he seems to have brought that with him to the pro’s.

    Turnovers are one of the most important statistics in the NFL, and having someone who is very accurate and is able to limit his mistakes can take a team with some pieces around him pretty far. I think he’d be very good in Denver.

    Campbell might as well just start traveling north to Seattle.

  24. justwinbaby29 says:Oct 18, 2011 6:41 PM

    Best to Jason Campbell who comes accross as a really good guy and team player. He is a solid QB..and you can win with him. But he is not a franchise QB.

    Neither is Carson Palmer. 4 years ago? Maybe.

  25. scudbot says:
    Oct 18, 2011 6:34 PM
    “Packers trade Flynn for a first or second and sign Campbell as a backup. Everyone is happy.”

    First, Campbell’s a terrible fit with the Packers offense.

    Second, the trade window just closed.

    Third, Ted’s highly unlikely to bring in a 30+ year old anything.
    ————————————————————–
    Campbell would be a backup, comparable to McMahon backing up Favre (clipboard holder). He could learn the system and be sufficient in an emergency.
    Packers will not lose Flynn through free agency, they will trade him to a team that does not want to take the time to develop a QB. Should be able to get at least a second rounder.
    You are probably right about Ted not bringing in a 30+ year old.
    Since Flynn will most likely not be back next year, who would you like to see as the backup to Rodgers?

  26. Campbell is at best a game manager. He plays for the number #1 rushing attack and is the least sacked QB in the league and puts up pedestrian numbers. The guy simply tries to not lose games. I a good back up option for teams or a starter to serve as a stop gap for a team with a rookie QB WHO NEEDS GROOMING

  27. I love how all of a sudden everyone on this site is a GM. Maybe the Palmer trade works out for us and maybe it doesn’t. Only time will tell. All I know is I feel better having Palmer lead our offense than Campbell or Boller. Nothing against Jason, but he’s not the guy for us. I’ve watched every game he’s played in since becoming a Raider and he hasn’t been that impressive. He’s got a slow release and is afraid of taking chances. Let’s just see how things work out before we crucify the Raiders and name Mike Brown the smartest man alive. I love what Hue Jackson has done for our team, so far. RaiderNation, Lets just win, baby.

  28. I don’t see why it’s impossibe he won’t be back with the Raiders. If Palmer struggles, the Raiders aren’t going to stay married to him.

    And I think it’s unlikely there will be a huge bidding war for Campbell’s services. There will be interest, but the thought of acquiring him isn’t going to make GMs hearts skip a beat.

  29. Let’s face facts: nobody’s going to be plug and play for Rodgers.

    I’d guess TT will retain Graham Harrell and it’ll be on the staff to coach him up. Since the Packers won’t be picking early in the draft, I’d guess TT will be content with seeing who might fall his way and might spring for a QB if Harrell’s looking shaky. Don’t forget, AR fell to 24.

    Then there’s Randall Cobb. It’s conceivable that he could be the emergency QB.

  30. If you look at this week alone the Raiders gave up a first, second, and 7th for Curry (a 1st round pick in 2009) and Carson Palmer. That is well worth the investment!!
    Thus, the first round pick we gave up for Palmer is a wash with Curry. So, we gave up a 2nd in 2012 and a 7th in 2013 for Palmer.

    Raider Nation baby!

  31. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the top QB in free agency next year. The Bills are too stupid to re-sign him.

  32. Campbell’s been screwed his entire career. He’s had a different OC every year except this one and more than one has been looneytunes. Now he’s out of Oakland in all probability and he’s 30. I feel bad for the guy. He never had the opportunity to be in a stable system with competent coaches.

  33. “Thus, the first round pick we gave up for Palmer is a wash with Curry.”

    Hmm. Might be time to put down that Raiders crack pipe.

  34. humb0lt says: Oct 18, 2011 5:42 PM

    Campbell returns to the Raiders as their starter after Carson Palmer bombs.

    Humb0lt boldly says this as he prays for it to be true.

    I feel bad for Campbell. He makes too many poor decisions, and bad plays seem to haunt him, but his desire and attitude have always been solid. He just can’t seem to catch a break. With Palmer and Pryor taking roster spots he’s probably destined for IR and free agency.

  35. I’m pretty confident when I say that Campbell will not be a Raider next season. Whichever teams miss out on Luck will be looking at Campbell. With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if he landed with the Dolphins if they don’t get the #1 pick. Or the Broncos. He may could even land in Cleveland or Cincy, with a doubtful return to Washington.

  36. whatwouldaldavisdo says: Oct 18, 2011 8:01 PM

    If you look at this week alone the Raiders gave up a first, second, and 7th for Curry (a 1st round pick in 2009) and Carson Palmer. That is well worth the investment!!
    Thus, the first round pick we gave up for Palmer is a wash with Curry. So, we gave up a 2nd in 2012 and a 7th in 2013 for Palmer.

    Raider Nation baby!
    ———————————————————
    Did that math six times and it still doesn’t add up.
    Quit your day job as a gambler. You will loose it all.
    ———————————————————
    Jason Campbell = David Garrard.
    Garrard will be one more QB, if he recovers, in the mix.
    Game manager from the word go.

  37. Campbell will not succeed without Hue Jackson..
    Hue can make any QB look like Joe Montana..
    Carson Palmer is going to win a super bowl this year..
    Thanx for your services this year Jason..
    Good luck in Denver next year

  38. you guys crack me up. When Campbell is the raiders qb, he is a bust, never make it, etc….now that he is a free agent, he is the best….lmao

  39. I liked Campbell as a bus driver, but the Patriots game sent up red flags. The pic in the end zone and the inexplicable pic to Wolfork were flashes of the Jason Campbell who was that QB who could QB his team to a not-so-bad loss to a good team.

  40. What is getting lost here is the fact that Jason, although typically not prone to turnovers and can make plays with his legs, has displayed poor downfield accuracy this season. I’m sure Hue is hoping that Palmer will do better in that area (although he will be a statue in the pocket).

  41. wow the raiders suck they think oh we need a new quarterback he is on your roster his name is Terelle Pryor find out if he is good before you make a 31 year old quarterback trade don’t like the trade Raiders fan you should feel bad you got nothing for the future oh wait you got a 5th and 6th round pick for 2012 draft and don’t have a 1st and 2nd round pick or 3rd rounder wow you got lots of future picks hope you like your raiders

  42. I believe the offensive line is vastly improved giving up 1 sack a game on average and this will allow Palmer to get confidence in the pocket and regain his form. I hope 😉 Campbell definitely played ok but made some bonehead mistakes like scrambling and just fumbling the ball without even being touched a few plays earlier in the game. WTF was that? Looked like a dummy. I felt the potential for this inthe preseason as he is not exactly ironman. Oh well, we have plenty of talent on the team, lets see if Hue and Carson can make it happen. I think we win the West and go to the playoffs.

  43. scudbot says:
    Oct 18, 2011 8:06 PM
    Campbell’s been screwed his entire career. He’s had a different OC every year except this one
    .

    Unfortunately, that’s just not true. It stopped being true when he spent his second year in Al Saunders system with the Redskins (2006 & 2007). That was followed by another two year stretch under Jim Zorn & Sherman Smith.

    So, whilst he hasn’t had it easy, and it was a nice story, him having a different OC every year, it stopped being relevant 4-years ago.

    Of course the corollary to all this is that Campbell’s performance hasn’t been enough to keep an offensive co-ordinator employed for more than two seasons.

    Campbell is decent guy and a solid player. Given a strong running game he can be a serviceable game manager but he has some major flaws and is never going to carry a team on his shoulders.

    I suspect like most Redskins’ fans I wish him all the best, think that it was a mistake to trade him away for so little and that he is better than anything we’ve currently got. Still, I wasn’t exactly distraught to see him leave. Even if we had kept him we would be going into the next off-season looking to significantly upgrade the position.

  44. Campbell’s a good man, a character man, never in trouble, always plays hard. He just isn’t lucky. Not one break has ever fell his way in the NFL. As soon as he started to get better in DC, injured his knee. As soon as he started to show a little something in Oakland, collarbone. Some guys just aren’t ever going to be big time players.
    But hey, if he manages to make several million playing football, all the better for him. Like I said, a great character, humble and hard working.

  45. Only time will tell if the Palmer deal is worth it. However, I suggest that Pryor was our #1 pick for 2012 and we got him for a #3. We basically spent a #1 on Palmer for 2013.

  46. Jason will be a great add to any team, but he should be a starter. The shoulder should be fine. I wish the Redskins would take him back. I guess Miami or Seattle is his future. Good guy.

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