Jason Campbell plans to retire rather than look for more work

AP

Sometimes retirements catch you by surprise, and sometimes that’s because you thought they already happened.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Jason Campbell is set to retire. He hasn’t announced anything yet, but with camps on the horizon and him not in one, “that’s his plan.”

Campbell, who was Washington’s first-round pick in 2005, threw 19 passes for the Bengals last year, but last started in 2013 for the Browns. He’s also done time with the Raiders and Bears.

While he wasn’t a terrible quarterback, he played for some pretty bad teams and failed to make them better, finishing with a career record of 32-47 as a starter.

It’s easy to argue he deserved better than that, as he finished his career with an 81.7 rating and 87 touchdowns against 60 interceptions, so it clearly wasn’t all on him.

47 responses to “Jason Campbell plans to retire rather than look for more work

  1. “He’s also done time with the Raiders and Bears.”

    I bet that’s exactly how it felt.

  2. I always thought he never got a fair shake on a decent team. I watched him early in his career with Washington and I thought he made a lot of good throws. He also made some poor ones, but he never got much of a chance to develop before getting the hook and then being passed around the league.

    If anything, you would think that Buffalo might give him a shot. With that team around him, all he’d have to do is not screw it up.

  3. “Played for bad teams and failed to make them better” pretty much sums up his career.

  4. It always comes down to timing. If the Steelers had waited one more year to draft a quarterback Jason Campbell would have 5 Super Bowl rings by now.

  5. He should coach. He probably knows more football than most coaches in the league.

    He had a new OC every year he was in school and most years he was in the league. He’s learned and unlearned more football than most people can fathom.

  6. It always comes down to timing. If the Steelers had waited one more year to draft a quarterback Jason Campbell would have 5 Super Bowl rings by now.

    We all know you have a thing for Big Ben, but that is just a very stupid comment. He is not in the same time zone as Ben. You need to get help your Big Ben fixation has addled your brain.

  7. Washington fans must hate being reminded he was picked one spot after Aaron Rodgers.

  8. citizenstrange says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:21 PM

    It always comes down to timing. If the Steelers had waited one more year to draft a quarterback Jason Campbell would have 5 Super Bowl rings by now.
    ————————————-

    hahahaha you’re kidding me with this

    everyone and their mother knew the Steelers were drafting Ben in 2004

  9. Campbell threw more check downs than almost any other quarterback in the league. I cannot recall him ever throwing the ball more than 6 yards past the line of scrimmage. Made the game and his teams boring while making himself look mediocre.

  10. Always thought he was a slightly better Jay Cutler: he can make all the throws, but made a lot of poor decisions in the red zone. Hard to blame him even for that, what with the ridiculous number of schemes he was asked to play in.

    Would’ve liked to see him get a fair shake on a decent team, unfortunate that he never did.

  11. I bet he has the record for the number of offensive coordinators played for college and pro. Was always a fan of this guy. His Auburn team deserved the title that year and he was always professional in his approach. Never could catch on a team at the right time.

  12. Campbell retired mentally years ago, he’s been stealing paychecks since then.

  13. He’ll probably sign a 1 day contract with the Redskins.

    Word is he’ll go through three offensive coordinators in that time span…

  14. Campbell wasn’t great but he had my respect when he was with the Raiders. Between Gannon and Carr, he was the only QB I felt comfortable watching wearing the Silver & Black.

  15. He would instantly improve the backup QB positions in half the league’s teams. But I guess he’s had enough of that.

    We’ll know for sure when he inevitably receives a minimum salary offer before the season starts to be a backup.

    Whoever mentioned Buffalo above: Campbell isn’t as steady as Matt Cassel nor as athletic as EJ Manuel, so he wouldn’t have a role. It’d be a bad fit.

  16. Maybe he did not get a fair shake; he did play for some fairly awful teams. Joe Gibbs 2.0 was not as relevant as most of us Redskin fans would like to think and if you had to pick 4 teams who have not been very good for a decade the list of Washington, Oakland, Chicago and Cleveland (maybe he could sign a one day in Jacksonville) is a pretty solid list of bad teams. Best of luck Jason, hope he did well with his money.

  17. Could be wrong but I believe he may be the only Raider QB with a .500 plus record as a starter in the bleak post-Gannon era. Respect!

  18. Serviceable player with potential who ended up a journeyman backup. Not a bad way to live one’s life. Always liked Campbell, even though he lacked a little too much fire for my liking; but still a nice guy.

    Good luck with whatever’s next.

  19. Unfortunately ,this guy had 10 different coordinators/offensive game plans for each year(10) he was in the league. All the best Jason in your retirement.

  20. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:51 PM
    He would instantly improve the backup QB positions in half the league’s teams. But I guess he’s had enough of that.

    We’ll know for sure when he inevitably receives a minimum salary offer before the season starts to be a backup.

    Whoever mentioned Buffalo above: Campbell isn’t as steady as Matt Cassel nor as athletic as EJ Manuel, so he wouldn’t have a role. It’d be a bad fit.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I disagree. He’s got a bigger arm than Cassel, is more reliable than Manuel, and brings a boatload of football knowledge. He’d make a great game manager kind of QB for a team that basically needs to get the ball to a play maker without turning it over.

  21. I’m sure the disappointment of playing on the bengals squad last year sealed the deal for his retirement. Who needs another playoff loss on their resume.

  22. He had the Raiders at 4-2 and doing well before he was injured. Would have been interesting to see what he would have done if he stayed healthy. Best of luck to him, seemed like a good guy

  23. He was never in a good situation. Did’t he have 7 different offensive coordinators in 7 years between college and his first 3 years as a pro?

  24. He didn’t have to look for work. The Bengals asked him back. He turned down the 2 mill because he knew he wouldn’t play. I’d like to get 2 mill for not having to work, right?

  25. Funny how I never see the same outcry for this guy that I see for Alex Smith despite them having the exact same early career trajectory, and Campbell was on a much worse roster in Washington than Smith was surrounded with in SF regardless of the coaching. He even had the same situation happen where he lost his job because of injury (to a QB who didn’t perform as well as he did vs. Smith’s successor who performed just as well and took the team further), yet I never hear excuses being made for why Campbell turned out mediocre over his career and how he “deserved another chance, but I always get a ton of them when it comes to the anonymous Mr. Smith.

  26. “raiderbri100 says:
    He had the Raiders at 4-2 and doing well before he was injured. …”
    ___________________________________
    Yep, right up until he got intentionally driven into the turf by some asshat and it busted his shoulder. That led to the decision of the Carson Palmer Debacle.
    It would of been interesting to see what Campbell would of done if he stayed healthy. He had been playing well up until that point.

  27. Good luck, JC.

    I always felt that you got a raw deal with all of the OC changes, and then the injury after the decent start with Oakland… I agree with the commenter that suggested coaching for your future. Perhaps when Hue gets his next HC job?

  28. id rather have him in buffalo then any of the qb’s we have now.strong arm,threw for over 400 yds last time he played against us.a last second win for the bills and fitzmagic

  29. After watching him here in Oakland, my feeling is that he was a guy that wouldn’t lose you many games, but he wouldn’t win you any, either.
    That was pretty much his ceiling.
    I’d say he was a good dude, but not after he ditched his fiance at the alter…

  30. He probably could’ve done more in Washington that first year with Shanny that McNabb IMO. Did lots of charitable work for the Skins, put his name on a golf tourney and a couple of others that I can’t remember. He never really had the weapons. They drafted Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly and Fred Davis to give him weapons, none really materialized while he was there.

    Oh well, best of luck to Jason in his future endevors. Not all Redskins fans hate him. (nor should they).

  31. Campbell seemed to be finally developing with the Redskins his last year there. After leaving for the Oakland team he was never the same.

  32. You guys can run your mouths all you want:

    2011: this guy had the Raiders looking great at 7-2 and then got his collar bone broken. I will always wonder What If about him, and im sure he wonders what if every day.

    Maybe he wasnt great. But in the autumn of 2011, he certainly was.

    I will always be a JC fan.

  33. He was the only Raiders QB in the past 12 seasons that really worried me. His W-L percentage in Oakland was .611. Since (and including) the ’03 season, no other Raiders’ QB has achieved higher than .375.

  34. As a Skins fan this dude drove me crazy. He held the ball way too long and all his pump faking then sack after sack. Very disappointing 1st round draft pick he was. Once in awhile he’d have a decent game with some nice throws but not often. Averge at best. Don’t feel sorry for him… he raked in millions of dollars. #HTTR

  35. He made some bad career choices and is now living with the consequences. I hoped he fired his agent. He had the perfect job with the Bears and the Bears liked having him. It was the perfect job being a relief quarterback for him at that point in his career. But he thought he could get a starting job with starting cash in Cleveland. McCown got the fever, too. Both moved on and got their payday, for the first year at least. Then things didn’t work any more and who knows if either will have a job this year. Players need to contemplate the realistic future.

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