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Campbell's Agent: Cutler Pursuit Will Not Affect Talks

I reached Jason Campbell's agent this morning, and asked him about how the events of the past week might play into any potential contract talks. So I wrote a short news story about what Joel Segal, who rarely talks to the media (at least in my experience) had to say.

(A quick summary of my thoughts on the past 24 hours: it's refreshing to see this fiasco not play out anywhere near the way it did with Jay Cutler in Denver. Campbell has been as classy as possible, his agent is taking the same tack -- as you will see -- and I have to give props to Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato for being candid, honest and upfront with Campbell at their meeting. They deserve kudos for that. This was nothing like the he-said/he-said of, say, the Coles Plasma TV Affair or any of the meetings with LaVar Arrington. I applaud the forthright approach they took in the aftermath of the failed trade, which has helped ease a potentially ugly and lingering situation.)

Here's the story:

The Redskins' pursuit of quarterback Jay Cutler last week and their overtures toward shopping quarterback Jason Campbell have not deterred Campbell's willingness to sign a long-term deal in Washington, according to his agent. Joel Segal, who has represented Campbell since he entered the league in 2005, said Washington's flirtations with Cutler will not impact any future negotiations, and will not prompt the quarterback to force any alterations to his current deal, which expires after the 2009 season.

Campbell, a first-round pick in 2005, has long been open to discussing a contract extension, but the club has been unwilling to do so to this point. Owner Daniel Snyder and executive vice president Vinny Cerrato have not publicly declared him their quarterback of the future, either, but Segal, who has been in constant contact with Campbell throughout this ordeal, said never did that undermine his client's will to thrive in 2009 and earn a new contract with the Redskins.

"It hasn't changed that desire, absolutely not," said Segal, adding that he did not expect the Redskins to pursue other quarterback options, but is not "surprised by anything" in this league. "This past week had no effect. The NFL is, first and foremost, a business, and Jason loves playing for the Redskins and he loves the city of D.C. and this does not preclude him from signing a long-term deal here at any time from our side. From our perspective it will not have any affect on any negotiations."

Campbell met with Snyder, Cerrato and Coach Jim Zorn Friday at the team's behest, in a candid two-hour discussion during which Snyder conveyed why the team went after Cutler, who ended up going from Denver to Chicago Thursday as part of a blockbuster deal. The chat was amicable by all accounts, and Cerrato released a statement afterward, saying in part, "We are all on the same page and we are moving forward," though stopping short of making any declarations about Campbell's long-term status.

Often in a case such as this, a player might use a failed trade of a possible successor to garner leverage in terms of contract demands. However, Campbell, while obviously hoping to gain long-term stability at some point, is not averse to playing out his rookie contract in 2009, believing his performance will merit comparable compensation, Segal said.

"We talk through each situation, whether it be the contract or a trade," Segal said, "and Jason has a strong confidence in his ability. For now he's solely focused on winning."

An unconsummated trade can also prompt some to skip voluntary workouts, pout, threaten a holdout or demand a trade (a tact more in line with what Cutler took with Denver). Segal said such options never came up in his many discussions with Campbell, with the quarterback, a starter for the past two full seasons, not wanting to make himself or his plight bigger than the team.

Campbell was attending voluntary workouts at Redskins Park Wednesday and Thursday as the team was partaking in trade machinations, and never criticized the organization. In the past his reserved nature and quiet confidence have been interpreted by some fans and media observers as a lack of fire or passion. Campbell's teammates have disputed that notion and Segal said the quarterback's innate competitiveness might manifest itself more this season, with the Cutler dalliance further motivating him to prove he can be a franchise quarterback.

"Everyone has their own style, and way of leading, and Jason's leadership skills were really embodied by the way he handled everything this week," Segal said. "But it would be a huge mistake to view Jason's class and professionalism as a lack of fire. It would be completely wrong. Jason is as competitive as any client I've ever represented, and I believe that covert fire may become a lot more overt now."

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 4, 2009; 12:32 PM ET
 
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In other news, the Skins are going to sign Leftwich.

Instant QB competition.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09094/960661-100.stm

Posted by: MylesMonroe | April 4, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

First

Posted by: russberlin65 | April 4, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Yep I was going to comment about the Leftwhich situation as well.

Do the Redskins have NO faith in Campbell?

That said Leftwhich is a great QB, look what he did to us on Monday night.

Also -- how are we reporting this before La Canfora?

Posted by: arenasmvp | April 4, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

IMO, it would be a huge mistake to sign Leftwich. If anything he has a bigger windup than JC and is not a WC type of QB.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 4, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

In other news, the Skins are going to sign Leftwich.

Instant QB competition.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09094/960661-100.stm

Posted by: MylesMonroe | April 4, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse


So who goes... Colt or Collins? In any case the FO needs to spend more time beefing up our O-line and less time flirting with QBs

Posted by: dante232 | April 4, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Byron Leftwich -

He's not very quick or mobile physically.

He's not very quick or mobile mentally.

He has average to below average arm strength and accuracy.

He has the SLOWEST release in the NFL.

Why would you want this guy?!

Posted by: filmchis | April 4, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Leftwich would be an upgrade at backup QB vs Collins. Although I'm not sure how the Skins could afford to pay Leftwich and release Collins for 2.5 million.

Posted by: siris | April 4, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Leftwitch to compete with JC17?? Not a chance. I doubt they have any legit interest in him and that it's more likely that Leftwitch is trying to put some pressure on the Stillers to work a deal for him above vet minimum.

Posted by: LarryBud | April 4, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

filmchis:

I wouldn't. So my response to LEFTWICH is the same as taking a USC linebacker - oh, hell no.!!!!

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 4, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like both sides are ready to move on...best post in awhile from JLAC...

So what if they are looking to bring in Leftwich as a backup. He's better than Todd Collins!

Posted by: rickyroge | April 4, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think Leftwich has below average arm strength? hahahaha... I just don't understand people's motivation for posting sometimes.

That said I think Leftwich is seeking a starting job, and I'm happy to let Campbell finish his contract before considering other options. I hope we don't sign Byron.

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | April 4, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Leftwich came in and torched the 'Skins in the second half of the Stiller game after shutting down an ailing Roethlisberger. That was the beginning of the end of the 2008 season.

Lefty is a local kid, a Redskins fan, and has more serviceable years left viz a viz Collins. A minimum vet deal is an upgrade at the backup position.

Posted by: swowra | April 4, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Could Vinny/Danny be any more obvious in showing that they do not think Jason Campbell is the long term solution? First they try to get Jay Cutler, now they want Byron Leftwich.. Leftwich did kill us in the 2nd half of the Steelers game last year..

Posted by: rachel216 | April 4, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

From the RI: "The Redskins' pursuit of quarterback Jay Cutler last week and their overtures toward shopping quarterback Jason Campbell have not deterred Campbell's willingness to sign a long-term deal in Washington, according to his agent. Joel Segal, who has represented Campbell since he entered the league in 2005, said Washington's flirtations with Cutler will not impact any future negotiations, and will not prompt the quarterback to force any alterations to his current deal, which expires after the 2009 season.

What a bunch of BS. The dude is dead meat and everyone knows it.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 4, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"FO is absolutely at fault for changing coaches and offensive systems every year since JC17 started to play. Which has absolutely hampered his development and created all the circumstances for the FO feeling like they need to "improve" at the position.

Posted by: p1funk"

Dude, that was not the FO, that was Gibbs. Gibbs drafted Campbell, then brought in Saunders, then quit. Maybe the FO could have kept Saunders, but how was that offense working? There has only been one head coach change since Campbell was brought in.

The FO can be blamed for many of the Skins problems, but not the one you are claiming here.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 4, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

When Gibbs came in and brought Saunders, he was trying to lay a foundation for the franchise to move forward on.

It's true that Gibbs retired before Danny expected. But it was Gibbs's intention to have groomed Gregg Williams to take over as the HC, and have Al Saunders in place as someone who could install a proven "modern" offense into the Skins.

The FO had every opportunity to run with the game plan that Gibbs had put in place - retain Grilliams as HC, and leave the coaching staff in place and build some continuity.

Instead Vinny got promoted, they detonated the whole project and went WCO w/ Zorn.

How was Saunders offense working? It's hard to say after ONE FREAKIN SEASON how to evaluate an offense that every one knew took about 3 seasons to learn/develop.

The instability and turnover rate in this organization absolutely and positively falls at the feet of the owner and his FO yes-men.

Posted by: p1funk | April 4, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Bringing in Leftwich as a backup says one thing - Vinny's Colt Brennan pick was also a waste and the decision to retain TOdd Collins was a waste.

Bringing in Leftwich to "compete" with JC17 to fit into a WCO also says one thing - the FO is as incompetent and pea-brained as they appear.

Posted by: p1funk | April 4, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

In any case the FO needs to spend more time beefing up our O-line and less time flirting with QBs

Posted by: dante232

Amen. WTF is wrong with those guys? Are they the only people in DC who don't realize what's really wrong?

How is anyone supposed to be a solid QB with Jansen as the RT and James Thrash as the 3rd receiver?

Makes my blood boil.

Posted by: Salinas1 | April 4, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The last time this many 1st round draft picks changed hands one of the parties got to the SB. Dallas received 1st rounders from the Vikings which they used to build their Jimmy Johnson/Troy Aikman SB dynasty. Then, TB gave the Raiders 1st rounders to Oak for Jon Gruden (a forking coach, for Chrissake!) who led them to a SB. So the question for the Cutler deal is who is SB bound, the receiver of picks (Denver) or the giver of picks (the Bears)? Is it better to give or receive?

Posted by: AntonChigurh | April 4, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The FO had every opportunity to run with the game plan that Gibbs had put in place - retain Grilliams as HC, and leave the coaching staff in place and build some continuity.

Instead Vinny got promoted, they detonated the whole project and went WCO w/ Zorn.

How was Saunders offense working? It's hard to say after ONE FREAKIN SEASON how to evaluate an offense that every one knew took about 3 seasons to learn/develop.

The instability and turnover rate in this organization absolutely and positively falls at the feet of the owner and his FO yes-men.

Posted by: p1funk | April 4, 2009 1:41 PM

The way I remember it (and my memory is faulty!) double g did not want to keep Saunders, so the FO had to make some decisions which ultimately led to the hire of Zorn.

Again, they are far from being the most stable FO (CO), but it's not like they fired Gibbs to go in this direction.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 4, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I am pro-Lefter over Toddd. He may not be a super star but he is younger and could play for a season if JC goes down. Todd dived out after 5 games in a O that he knew better then anyone on the planet, and I am always pro-localyocal.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 4, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the FO has succeeded in lighting a fire under both Campbell and Zorn's ass.

Zorn, by all accounts is a pretty smart, adaptive, and competitive guy. Wonder if he will see the wisdom in creating a bit of a Hybrid WCO to play up Campbell's strengths??

In Leftwich, you have a definite upgrade over Collins. Bigger, younger, stronger arm. In Leftwich, you also have a near clone of Campbell, just not quite as athletically gifted. Both are big, strong guys with big arms.

Zorn would be wise to play to that strength at QB, and I for one think he will be smart enough to do it.

If nothing else, this will be an interesting year. Here's hoping they further address the O'line with at least one pick, not neccessarily at OT, but if they can get an eventual replacement for Samuels, who can knock MFers off the ball and get out in space at RT, they should.

IF they can keep Campbell upright by having the Dueces step the F up, get open, and play professional football this year.... could be a very, very good thing. Moss, Kelly and Thomas...that is who i want to see on the field. Randle El is part of the problem...cant get open against one guy and when he does... loves to drop key third down balls.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 4, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

When are we gonna stop wasting our time persuing QB's and get our present QB's HELP!!! Our problem is NOT at QB for God's sake!!! Why on earth did we waste a pick on Colt last year?

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | April 4, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure the Brennan pick was wasted. Definitely was an upgrade at number 3 QB...and the kid has moxie. In Hawaii...he through the ball around the yard in a spread offense. He is mobile and smart, with not the strongest arm, but a quick decisive release. Sounds like a prototypical WC QB, huh?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 4, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan is the answer.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | April 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly my point. I like Colt, so why do we continue to persue QB's? Apparently our FO thinks Colt was a wasted pick.QB is not a need to us.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | April 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I think they view Colt as a project, and getting a journeyman starter type as a solid number 2 is a good move. Collins...great system guy...but that system left town.

Campbell: Now and future???
Brennan: Future?????
Leftwich: Savior if Campbell gets crunched.
Collins: Thanks for the 2007 run.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 4, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Eli turned back into Eli once he lost Burris. Campbell doesn't have a chance to be a franchise QB with our wr corps. (why the hell is Thrash still on the team?) That said, I don't believe he is a franchise QB - something is missing with that dude.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 4, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

He's a good guy, but QBs act like jerks in the offseason to gain leverage (as was stated by JLC) in either contracts negotiations or trades. Campbell has no leverage in either situation at the moment as the Skins have shown no interest in negotiating and no other team has shown legitimate interest in a trade.

Posted by: bhayesp | April 5, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

"...his agent is taking the same tact (as you will see),"

"...which has helped diffuse a potentially lingering ugly situation)."

By Jason La Canfora | April 4, 2009

Decent article, but -- geeze -- don't you have to take English classes to be a journalist? "Tact" should be "tack." It's a sailing term. "Tact" is meaningless in that context.

"Diffuse" should be "defuse." For one thing, you're using an adjective as a verb. For another thing, "defuse" *is* a verb.

I wouldn't ever correct somebody's response or comment, but you make your living, at least in part, by writing. Maybe next time you'll get these right in a context that could be more embarrassing than a blog.

Posted by: Shadowskin | April 6, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse


We have a qb now with more talent than cutler signing leftwitch won't mean competion it's just a s... happens give jason a vg ol and he will thrill even jay schroeder looked 1/4 good with a beathard ol jason could have sulked but he showed what a class guy he is he's much better than dallas's "choko romo"

Posted by: tammanyhall2109 | April 6, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

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