The unfortunate news that quarterback Jason Campbell and Jenny Montes had called off their wedding at the last minute has a silver lining: it reminds people that Campbell is likely to be a free agent professionally as well as personally.
Campbell hadn’t heard his name mentioned very often recently in the context of football moves, not with the future of Peyton Manning being a topic of daily debate and discussion and drama. But Campbell — hard to believe he’s 30 — is expected to become an unrestricted free agent when the market opens March 13. He is fully recovered from the broken collarbone that ended his second season with the Oakland Raiders, prompting them to sign Carson Palmer.
“I understand, things are gonna happen,” Campbell said in a SiriusXM NFL Radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon in January (via DC Sports Bog). “This is not my first rodeo. I’ve gone through some things. I understand from a business standpoint, things are gonna happen and I’m never surprised or shocked about anything.
“People forget, the game that we play, it’s not a guaranteed game. There’s nothing guaranteed. In each year that you play, it’s not about the contract; you’re basically playing from year to year. So your object is always to improve, and your object is always to help lead your team and get your team to where you want it to be.
“And I always look for improvement, I don’t never get too comfortable, don’t never get too settled, because things can change in an instant. Things can change in a quick minute. And that’s what I’m always trying to tell the young guys: don’t get too comfortable, don’t ever just stop pushing yourselves, because there’s always someone else pushing right behind you. There’s teams and people looking to always improve their franchise. So the minute you get comfortable will be the minute you have to make a sudden move or a sudden change. So always stay on top of what you’re doing.”
Campbell, as Washington Redskins fans will remember, has been fairly indestructible, a characteristic that should endear him to some team — even if only as a backup. And, after four so-so seasons in Washington, he was succeeding in Oakland; the team was 4-2 when he was injured Oct. 16. In Campbell, teams know they would be getting: a durable guy who has shown he can adapt to multiple offensive coordinators and will complete roughly 60 percent of his passes. In the right system, and we cannot stress that enough, he can have success.
And, perhaps, a long-term football relationship.
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