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Campbell May End Up in Roethlisberger Territory

With the quarterback market now moving and prices on the rise, I would not be surprised if the deal Ben Roethlisberger got in March (eight years, $36 million guaranteed, max of $102 million) is the measuring stick used by Jason Campbell's camp if/when he gets a new deal.

By the end of the season, Campbell's stats would be very comparable, should he maintain this level of play. The $11 million a season Tony Romo received last year is becoming the floor level, and Aaron Rodgers, who has only seven career starts, reportedly will get an average of around $11 million a year, with $20 million guaranteed. Campbell should crush that.

I have chatted with several sources on various sides of current or pending QB negotiations, and as prices continue to soar one source suggested that he would not be surprised if Campbell's camp uses Big Ben's deal as the basis for their demands. Derek Anderson's $8 million-per year average from a year ago is now considered the absolute basement for most of this QB class - Kyle Orton of the Bears could end up in that area.

Should the Redskins wait until after Eli Manning signs his deal - which is likely to be a massive one, given that he was a first-overall pick, plays in a mega-market and won a Super Bowl - several sources said the team could be stuck because Campbell's stats far outshine Manning's.

There are a lot of heavy-hitter agents representing this group - guys like David Dunn, Jimmy Sexton, Tom Condon and JC's agent, Joel Segal. Segal has been very shrewd in recent drafts, waiting for the market to settle and getting big deals for clients, but is often proactive in getting extensions.

The Redskins have been uninterested in negotiating with Campbell to this point, with Vinny Cerrato saying on his radio show that the Skins had no plans to talk about a deal until after the season at the earliest.

Wonder how many other QB chips will fall. Regardless, it's hard for me to see Campbell's deal not ending somewhere between Romo's and Roethlisberger's, and I would not be surprised at all if it's closer to Big Ben.

By Cindy Boren  |  October 31, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
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screw the NOTCats!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 31, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

JC's got year left to on his current contract, Snyder will get him paid after this season. Not to mention that if I was JC, I wouldn't want it now anyway. Finish the season, look back at it and go from there with whole season to work from.

JC certainly seems like he's the real deal, I don't see any reason he'll digress significantly from here. I felt played very well last year, and fully expected him to do well this year. No picks? No, I didn't expect that, but I thoroughly expected a fine season from him and now I fully expect he'll maintain the basic level of play we've seen this year.

Just think what this offense will be like with a full season under their belts, not just JC, but every single player, all of the coaches, the entire group.

It's a pretty exciting time to be Skins fan for sure.


Posted by: craig2 | October 31, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow! That posted like immediately! Holy crap! Nice job WaPo! Finally got it working!

Posted by: craig2 | October 31, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Doubtful the 'Skins will pay that kind of money to lock up a QB with other key needs on defense and offense still to fill.

1. Offensive line. Samuels isn't getting younger, and no sterling backups.

2. D-line. Need a freakin' pass rusher!

3. A nice tall posession WR, ala Art Monk.

If they sign JC to a huge contract, that leaves them little room to address these needs. And JC hasn't won anything yet; he's tossed only 8 TD's and fumbled a couple away the past three weeks. Having a real good year, but that was mostly games 2-5. Games 1, and 6-8: so-so..

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 31, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is no doubt having a great year. But how can you put him in the same boat as Big Ben? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Ben have a big shiny ring?

Posted by: JMo2 | October 31, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Schroeder12(is that you Jay?), I sure as hell hope they don't go looking to free agency for a D-Lineman or a tackle, or anything much else for that matter.

Posted by: craig2 | October 31, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, JLC? Seriously? I love Campbell and hope he is a Redskins for life, but how do you come off saying Campbell should make Big Ben money? Big Ben won the Super Bowl and has lead his team to 15, 11, 10 win seasons. Most importantly, he got them a SUPER BOWL RING! Campbell has yet to lead us to one 10+ win season let alone a single playoff win. You saying that Campbell deserves Big Ben money, at this point, is nothing short of asinine. If we go on to a 13 win season and a Super Bowl win then maybe, but only maybe, would your post be reasonable.

Posted by: Wittan | October 31, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is good right now,but sorry,no Big Ben. Like others said,lets talk after a Super Bowl win.And one more little thing JLC: I've been a Redskin fan my whole life ( I'am 50+ ) don't mention a cowboy with a Redskin OK?

Posted by: DCTONY | November 1, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

jlc is posting the qb blog just to spite vinny cerrato! They have some type of hate for each other . I think it's childish,grow up Jason stop throwing subliminal shots. Jason Campbell is not going to get a 100 million dollar contract , he will get Somthing really nice though.So Stop Taking Shots Jason!!!!! I am on to you....

Posted by: jiza32 | November 1, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Vinny Cerrato saying on his radio show that the Skins had no plans to talk about a deal until after the season at the earliest"

And we all know Vinny would never tell us anything inaccurate. There's no source that even hints they haven't started negotiating? Seriously?

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you WorstSeat. If you think Vinny's going to tell you the truth now, you must also believe that Obama will lower your taxes. Go skins!

Posted by: skinsin2008 | November 1, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

You guys seem to be missing one thing that LaCanfora has obviously thought of. If the team waits, and lets just the stars align and the moon hits the right phase and Campbell does lead us to a SuperBowl and win. At that point his contract will be even bigger than Bens deal at that point. If the Skins really are planning to lock him up long term, the longer they wait the more it costs. And if Campbell leads us to a SuperBowl, that deal is going to become a record breaker for sure. Now considering we do need some other pieces on the team as well, if they could get him done sooner, it would probably be smart for the team..... if he is the long term solution that is.

Posted by: sharksgrin | November 1, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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