It would appear the Oakland Raiders finally have their starting quarterback after acquiring Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins for a 2012 fourth-round pick.
“I talked to [Raiders owner] Al Davis, and he said he wants me there. That means a lot to me,” Campbell said this afternoon. “I’m ready to get to work.”
The Redskins had previously acquired Rex Grossman as a free agent to serve as the team’s backup this season.
Campbell, who earned $2.857 million during his final year in Washington, was a restricted free agent and signed his tender earlier this month with the Redskins for $3.14 million. He earned nearly $11 million in salary and bonuses in his five seasons with the Redskins.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Campbell has agreed to a contract that will pay him $3.14 million in 2010, plus a $100,000 workout bonus, and $4.5 million in 2011.
Even as the Redskins rotated offensive coordinators, Campbell saw his offensive numbers steadily rise each of the past three seasons, even as the offensive line in front of him struggled.
It is a sad day now that the JaMarcus Russell era is officially over in Oakland. You always knew the Raiders could lose any game that Russell was starting and now they will have a competent signal caller in Campbell.
With the Raiders you have to assume they can destroy a player, but considering all of the changes Campbell had to deal with in Washington it’s amazing that he just kept getting better every year.