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Campbell hopes his future comes into focus soon


Quarterback Jason Campbell said he does not know whether he will be with the Redskins or another team after the NFL Draft. But he will be ready to work regardless.

"I'm just waiting to see what happens and find out where I'll be at," Campbell said Thursday evening in a phone interview. "Whether it's here or somewhere else, it would be nice to know something soon so I know what I need to do."

Campbell became available April 4 when the Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles for draft picks, including their second-round pick in the three-day draft that begins at 7:30. Coach Mike Shanahan has said he would bring back Campbell as a backup if the Redskins do not receive fair compensation for him in a trade.

Although the Redskins have said they would not release Campbell, some in the league believe the team might not receive a pick for him. "But no one really knows what's going to happen right now," Campbell said. "There's just a whole lot of stuff flying around, that's why I'm just not paying attention to it. You just don't know."

Campbell recently signed his $3.14 million tender offer, in part, to help facilitate a trade. He has not participated in the voluntary offseason conditioning program since the Redskins traded for McNabb, and skipped the recent voluntary minicamp after discussing the situation with Mike Shanahan.

"I've still been working out really hard and I'll be ready no matter what happens," Campbell said. "It would just be good to know, as soon as I can, where I'm going to be at. Once I know that, I'll know how to approach the situation as far moving forward."

If Campbell remains with the Redskins after the draft, he will resume working out at the complex and participate in every voluntary activity, including the three-day minicamp that begins in May. "I'm a professional about everything," Campbell said. "I'm going to give a 110 percent no matter where I am. Sometimes you're put in a tough situation, but you've got to just focus, think about your teammates and continue your professional career. That's what I'll do."

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Free agency , Jason Campbell , Jason Reid  
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Oh man, now JC is starting with the percentages...

Posted by: ddrcoaster | April 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"NFL sources" tell beat writer Judd Zulgad that an Albert Haynesworth trade to the Vikings isn't going to happen.
That didn't take long. It's not clear if it's the Redskins or Vikings refusing to pull the trigger here. The Vikings may not be willing to part with a high draft pick with Pat Williams and Kevin Williams already in pace.

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I feel so horrible for the guy...but then the word "million$" smacks me back to reality.

Still though, class act.

Posted by: trousers | April 22, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

If Holmgren is serious then the Skins have no shot at Bradford. Thank goodness.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 22, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"I've still been working out really hard and I'll be ready no matter what happens," Campbell said.

sounds familiar

"...some in the league believe the team might not receive a pick for him. "

ouch.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

First! jason campbell you are a class act! adding mcnabb may make us a better team but only if we can sign him to long term deal 3 years max, i feel. if you cant find a starting job or no other team can see your real value then i for one would gladly welcome you back to the redskins! we all need second chances or a fresh start. I get that! Hopefully for Campbell and the Washington Redskins his second chance starts were his first did. When brett f. got hurt with the jets you think the jets wish they had kept pennington instead of having him bounce them out at the end of the season! hmmmm. Hail to the Redskins !

Posted by: jamly7733 | April 22, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gallery was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Iowa. Peter King of Sports Illustrated called him "the best lineman to come out of college in years." He happened to be awful at the tackle position, so he moved to offensive guard. Gallery has been in the league for seven years and hasn't been anything close to productive.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 22, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

All the fans out there who hate good people like Campbell only really hate themselves for their own failures in life and blame him for not making their diversion more fulfulling. Its not like he keeps killing dogs or sexually assaulting young women. He's done nothing but handle himself with class and dignity for an organization that lacked both. I hope he finds success for another team. Any of these JC haters would act like a giddy school girl if they hung out with him and can spit their venom hiding behind a keyboard. Good luck to you JC.

Posted by: rich20ssu | April 22, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams was the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft out of the University of Texas. He never made an impact, suffered multiple injuries and was cut from Buffalo after the 2005 season. He weighed 400 pounds when he was picked up by the Washington Redskins in 2009, and is currently considered a fringe player on a offensive line considered to be one of the three worst in the NFL. "BMW" was drafted before Brian Westbrook, Albert Haynesworth and Ed Reed.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 22, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It is a disgrace how they have treated this young man. I pray for the day when Snyder has someone treat him this way.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 22, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Dear Jason,

You are a nice guy.

You aren't a leader.

You can take a lot of licks. But so can a Lollipop.

You can run. But you don't.

You can read defenses. First graders can read them faster.

You can throw the football. 90 out of 100 80 year olds can run 20 yards faster than you can release the ball.

But you are a nice guy. Just think - you have none of the negative personality traits of Big Ben and you have just as many people wanting you on their football team.

Reality bites.

Posted by: laserwizard | April 22, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Good sportsmanship! However, JC is delusional if he thinks a team is going to acquire him and make him an instant starter. Sports is all about competition. Whether he's here or somewhere else, he's going to have to compete for a position on the team.

Posted by: sheppard1 | April 22, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

All the fans out there who hate good people like Campbell only really hate themselves for their own failures in life and blame him for not making their diversion more fulfulling. Its not like he keeps killing dogs or sexually assaulting young women. He's done nothing but handle himself with class and dignity for an organization that lacked both. I hope he finds success for another team. Any of these JC haters would act like a giddy school girl if they hung out with him and can spit their venom hiding behind a keyboard. Good luck to you JC.

Posted by: rich20ssu | April 22, 2010 6:11 PM

No one hates him as a person. He is just not a winning QB in this league.

Posted by: anacostia85 | April 22, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

John Elway, Dan Marino or Joe Montana would've been at 8 wins max with that line last season.

Like I said, I'm just tired of the JC bashing that goes on here. I don't know how you can complete 65% of your passes and throw for over 3000 yards the last two years with a subpar receiving corps and no line, but can't read defenses? How's it JC's fault that Thomas and Kelly didn't even know the routes till week 8 last year and teams would double Cooley and Moss? Maybe his missed throws were to spots that Thomas or Kelly were supposed to be and not a misread of the defense?

Posted by: rich20ssu | April 22, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Campbell should just zip it, what a clown, just repeats the same thing every year.

Posted by: slamdunkfan1 | April 22, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe no team has made a reasonable offer for Campbell. He can play in this league and is better than some of it's starting QB's. What's happening with him is the result of constantly devaluing your own players through various reports. If you continue to tell the world the player is not worthy, eventually people will begin to believe it.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | April 22, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Keep Campbell and let Colt get in some snaps also!
#1McNabb,#2Campell,#3Brennen. BOOK IT !

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Oops, Campbell

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 22, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

For anyone to argue that Campbell is not a starting QB in the NFL is ridiculous. He was treated like absolute crap in Washington and was extremely under appreciated. The guy played behind one of the worst if not the worst line in the league last season and our record last season was not at all mostly his fault. It's a team sport and he was playing with no supporting roles. If we had fixed our line and made it real strong we could have kept Campbell this year and we would have done well..guaranteed. I am happy we got McNabb because I do obviously think he is the better QB but Campbell is 1million% a starting QB in the NFL, I hope for his sake he does get picked up by someone and I'm positive he'll do well wherever he goes. If not, we def should keep him as a back up because McNabb is not as durable as Campbell and is much more at risk of getting hurt and I'd like to think that the redskins make Campbell their number 2 guy instead of Rex Grossman, like come on seriously? It's not even a competition. Anyways I'm excited for this season and I hope we go far McNabb is going to be a good change but I wish the best to Campbell :)

Posted by: miszxamanda19 | April 22, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing people talk about how bad JC was treated. Heck, he was treated so bad, he as allowed to remain the starter all year, after leading the offense to 4 wins last year. Did you watch their games?? Many of his completion stats were balls thrown for two yards and behind the line of scrimage. I would love to be treated the way he was and got paid 3 million bucks. If you are going to feel sorry for someone, atleast feel sorry for a guy that actually was a good leader(with confidence) and produced. The fans is the ones that was treated poorly and had to indure watching this poor offense. And what about the defense? All their hard work for what? so their offense could come back on the field and stink it up again. The offense was a complete disgrace and Jason Campbell was the leader of that offense. He played behind a healthy offenseive line and still couldnt get it done. The mistake was made to have him as a starter to begin with. He needs a lot of growth and learning. He is not ready to be the starter and the fans are ready to win games now.

Posted by: carl6405 | April 23, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing people talk about how bad JC was treated. Heck, he was treated so bad, he as allowed to remain the starter all year, after leading the offense to 4 wins last year. Did you watch their games?? Many of his completion stats were balls thrown for two yards and behind the line of scrimage. I would love to be treated the way he was and got paid 3 million bucks. If you are going to feel sorry for someone, atleast feel sorry for a guy that actually was a good leader(with confidence) and produced. The fans is the ones that was treated poorly and had to indure watching this poor offense. And what about the defense? All their hard work for what? so their offense could come back on the field and stink it up again. The offense was a complete disgrace and Jason Campbell was the leader of that offense. He played behind a healthy offenseive line and still couldnt get it done. The mistake was made to have him as a starter to begin with. He needs a lot of growth and learning. He is not ready to be the starter and the fans are ready to win games now.

Posted by: carl6405 | April 23, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing people talk about how bad JC was treated. Heck, he was treated so bad, he as allowed to remain the starter all year, after leading the offense to 4 wins last year. Did you watch their games?? Many of his completion stats were balls thrown for two yards and behind the line of scrimage. I would love to be treated the way he was and got paid 3 million bucks. If you are going to feel sorry for someone, atleast feel sorry for a guy that actually was a good leader(with confidence) and produced. The fans is the ones that was treated poorly and had to indure watching this poor offense. And what about the defense? All their hard work for what? so their offense could come back on the field and stink it up again. The offense was a complete disgrace and Jason Campbell was the leader of that offense. He played behind a healthy offenseive line and still couldnt get it done. The mistake was made to have him as a starter to begin with. He needs a lot of growth and learning. He is not ready to be the starter and the fans are ready to win games now.

Posted by: carl6405 | April 23, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing people talk about how bad JC was treated. Heck, he was treated so bad, he as allowed to remain the starter all year, after leading the offense to 4 wins last year. Did you watch their games?? Many of his completion stats were balls thrown for two yards and behind the line of scrimage. I would love to be treated the way he was and got paid 3 million bucks. If you are going to feel sorry for someone, atleast feel sorry for a guy that actually was a good leader(with confidence) and produced. The fans is the ones that was treated poorly and had to indure watching this poor offense. And what about the defense? All their hard work for what? so their offense could come back on the field and stink it up again. The offense was a complete disgrace and Jason Campbell was the leader of that offense. He played behind a healthy offenseive line and still couldnt get it done. The mistake was made to have him as a starter to begin with. He needs a lot of growth and learning. He is not ready to be the starter and the fans are ready to win games now.

Posted by: carl6405 | April 23, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Like I said, I'm just tired of the JC bashing that goes on here. I don't know how you can complete 65% of your passes and throw for over 3000 yards the last two years with a subpar receiving corps and no line, but can't read defenses? How's it JC's fault that Thomas and Kelly didn't even know the routes till week 8 last year and teams would double Cooley and Moss? Maybe his missed throws were to spots that Thomas or Kelly were supposed to be and not a misread of the defense?

Posted by: rich20ssu
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That's a good question. How can a QB throw for over 3600 yds and not know how to read defenses? Jason will get his chance somewhere to be the starter.

Posted by: postwell1 | April 23, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

JC,

Word of Advice, Look out for No. 1. You can see where this nice guy, loyal team player got you. No where. If you were a butt kisser like Portis or a malcontent like Hayneworth, you would probably still have your job. The NFL is a me first league, and as soon as you learn this the better off you will be.

Posted by: life386 | April 23, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

All the fans out there who hate good people like Campbell only really hate themselves for their own failures in life and blame him for not making their diversion more fulfulling. Its not like he keeps killing dogs or sexually assaulting young women. He's done nothing but handle himself with class and dignity for an organization that lacked both. I hope he finds success for another team. Any of these JC haters would act like a giddy school girl if they hung out with him and can spit their venom hiding behind a keyboard. Good luck to you JC.

Posted by: rich20ssu

You, sir, are 100% correct. I couldn't have said it better myself. People are always wanting guys harshly punished when they screw up, and say they wouldn't want that guy on their team. Those same people have a guy like JC and want him gone too. You can't have it both ways. If you don't want a guy because he's a knuckle head, no matter how good he is, then you should want a solid citizen, no matter how good he is.

Posted by: largetony86 | April 23, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

We continue to see JC fans that continue to post stats as their rationale that JC is on par with the great ones at the QB position.
What they fail to tell you or fail to see is his stats were highly padded by the run after the one and two yard dump passes that he threw 90 percent of the time. I believe I spoke all season with REAL stats that showed JC's actual yards was around 68 or 69 yards in a game and the other 200 to 250 yards were the run after the catch. Pretty hard to be intercepted on a one yard dump or screen pass! One could pad their stats easy with safe throws that Campbell was choosing during the game. How many times you would see him look down the field and need atleast 8 or 9 yards for the first down, but instead throw a one or two yard check off to a heavily covered back or TE that was only one or two yards off the line of scrimmage.

Here's the stat that you should be looking at and that is Red Zone productivity and success and how many games did Jason bring the team from down and win the game......come on..........zero!

Nice guy and I once upon a time was a big fan the first two seasons but then it was the same ole same ole with unnecessary fumbling, turnovers, lack of leadership and emotion, and bonehead plays; like running out of bounds for a negative 10 yards when JC could have thrown it away and kept the team in field goal range. What about the bonehead burning the timeouts on both Zorn and Campbell who where not ready after dead ball plays....we must have choked away two or three games because we had no time outs at the end of the game and we beat ourselves by not being able to stop the clock and ran out of time!

Posted by: wcdun1 | April 23, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Although the Redskins have said they would not release Campbell, some in the league believe the team might not receive a pick for him.
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There is an old saying.. "actions speak louder than words".. and for no team to offer anything to get JC tells us just how bad he is really viewed by the rest of the league. So all those people who thought Campbell was a top 10 or 15 QB.. I hope this is a real wake up call. Skins will be lucky to get anything for him...

Posted by: sovine08 | April 23, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

how many quarterbacks that were undefeated their last year of college are available in the second round? good luck Jason

Posted by: robthrt | April 23, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Other teams in need of a QB now will offer something for Campbell, but probably not until the Claussens & McCoys have gone.

Posted by: shanks1 | April 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Bills and Browns are interested in the Rams 33rd pick so they can go after either McCoy or Clausen. No one is even remotely interested in the bum Jason Campbell. And he was supposed to be our franchise QB....go figure

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | April 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

What is it that Adrian said to Rocky, "...you can't win!!!!!" Sorry JC, you're a nice guy but that sums you up.

Posted by: jfoster13 | April 23, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

According to Mike Wise and others Campbell was going to go to some other team and lead them to the Super Bowl. The fact is Campbell is not a starter in this league thus he has no trade value.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | April 23, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

According to Mike Wise and others Campbell was going to go to some other team and lead them to the Super Bowl. The fact is Campbell is not a starter in this league thus he has no trade value.

Posted by: skinsFan74
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Though nobody has said that JC will lead a team to the Super Bowl, that prediction doesn't sound far fetched when you consider the number of players that got Super Bowl rings after they left the skins: Brad Johnson, Antonio Pierce, Ryan Clark, Mark Brunnell, Chase Daniels, Leigh Torrence, Pierson Prioleau, and I'm sure that I'm missing some names. So if Jason got a ring, it wouldn't surprise me at all. He has just as good a chance of getting a ring as any other QB in this league.

Posted by: postwell1 | April 23, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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