Redskins trade Jason Campbell to Raiders
The Jason Campbell era in Washington is over.
The Redskins traded the five-year veteran quarterback to Oakland on Saturday in exchange for the Raiders' fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft.
"I'm just glad the situation is over and I'm moving forward," said Campbell, whose future in Washington looked bleak after the Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb from Philadelphia earlier this month. "Sometimes change comes in your life, change comes in your career, and you've just got to be ready to adapt."
While Campbell's career, which began five years ago with so much promise, now heads westward, the Redskins move forward with McNabb, an 11-year veteran and six-time Pro Bowler, as their starting quarterback.
"I've had a chance to spend a lot of time with him, and I'm happy for him," Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I think he gets a chance to turn a page and to start in a new direction. I think he'll do a great job."
The Campbell trade came on the final day of the NFL draft, as the team was maneuvering to acquire more picks. The Redskins began the draft with just four selections but courtesy of three trades, they scored six new players during the three-day draft. Louisiana State's Perry Riley, projected as an inside linebacker, headlined the five acquisitions Saturday.
But the day's biggest move centered on Campbell. Shanahan called the quarterback shortly after the deal was completed. "He just told me he appreciated how I handled myself throughout the whole situation," Campbell said. "He told me he respected me for just being professional, and that he would do anything for me if he could. I appreciated that, because that's how I've tried to be my whole career."
The Redskins had previously signed Rex Grossman as a free agent to serve as the backup and also have Colt Brennan and Richard Bartel on the roster.
Shanahan had said he planned to have Campbell return as a backup if a better situation could not be found, but according to two people familiar with the situation, the Redskins were not willing to guarantee Campbell a portion of his $3.14 million contract for this season.
Campbell agreed Saturday to a contract with Oakland that will pay him $3.14 million in 2010, plus a $100,000 workout bonus and $4.5 million in 2011, according to a league source. Campbell expects to start immediately as he joins an unimpressive group of quarterbacks that includes JaMarcus Russell, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller and Bruce Gradkowski.
"I'm going to go out to Oakland and give 110 percent and do everything I can to help that organization become a winning team," Campbell said. "Obviously, that was my goal here. Of course, a lot of things happened and we weren't able to accomplish that goal. But hopefully this time around it'll happen. I just wish the best of luck to the Redskins, and I'm moving forward in my career and my life. This is a great opportunity for me, and that's the way I'm looking at it."
Campbell never fulfilled the high expectations of owner Daniel Snyder. The Redskins twice changed offensive philosophies during Campbell's three-plus seasons as a starter, and failed to address the offensive line -- their weakest unit since the middle of the 2008 season.