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.
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