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Shanahan says Campbell has 'opportunity to come back here'

Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed he has granted permission to quarterback Jason Campbell's agent to seek a better situation for the five-year veteran. But if agent Joel Segal fails to locate Campbell a starting position, however, the Redskins will bring back the five-year veteran as a backup - not release him.

"He's going to look at the situation from top to bottom and make decision on what he wants to do, we just gave him the ability to do that," Shanahan said after quarterback Donovan McNabb's introductory news conference. "But as you well know, being a restricted free agent, he has until April 15 [the last day restricted free agents can sign offer sheets with other teams] to do it anyhow. We just extended it to the draft."

The Redskins would benefit from having Campbell as a backup, Shanahan said.

"There's no question," Shanahan said. "He's got the opportunity to come back here. He may look out there and say, hey, he'd like to come back here and back up. We're going to do the best thing for the Washington Redskins, and that would be to have him back."

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By Jason Reid  |  April 6, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Jason Campbell , Jason Reid  | Tags: Donovan McNabb, Jason Campbell, Mike Shanahan, NFL, Washington Redskins  
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What an opportunity...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I can't keep up
I can't keep up
I can't keep up

Out of step

With tha bloooooog!

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"He may look out there and say, hey, he'd like to come back here and back up"


I'm going out on a limb and saying, "HAHAHAHAHA! Good one, Coach."

Posted by: 4-12 | April 6, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, yeah and President Obama welcomes Dick Cheney back if he wants to serve in his Administration.

Not. Bloody. Likely.

Repeat after me: sports not politics, sports not politics, sports not politics....

Posted by: SteveMG | April 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Nate I think you're missing the comma?

"What, an opportunity?"

lol. Watch him retire. Pull a Fahrghrvghl.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Phillydelphia just went 11-5 with an aging QB who can no longer play(that's why there was no fear in trading him to us)

Can you imagine the record Phillydelphia is gonna have with an even better QB and 11 new Pro Bowl toys.

Chalk up another 5 NFC championship games for Phillydelphia over the next decade and quite possibly that evasive Superbowl victory!

Posted by: skinshaveaGM | April 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Michael C. Wright, of The Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said in a text message that the team is not interested in Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell."

Methinks the NFL head coaches are on to something about Campbell.

All of our complaints about the guy are rounding into the a sad truth: he's another first round quarterback bust.

Oh well.

Someone should send him an Arena League schedule.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

If he comes back, that would be the best option for the Skins. Grossman would not be a good #2 QB.

Posted by: priceisright | April 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"There's no question," Shanahan said. "He's got the opportunity to come back here. He may look out there and say, hey, he'd like to come back here and back up.

I'm sure Campbell is looking forward to backing up McNabb the way he is looking forward to root canal work. But good move by Shanahan going on record saying they intend to keep Campbell. Once teams realize that the Skins aren't going to release him they will make a trade offer if there is any interest in him. It may not be a great offer but it is better than the zilch you get when you release him.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, being in DC won't be the worst thing. Oakland would be worse. Campbell will learn from Shanahan -- easily the best coach he'll have seen as a pro. And he'll likely get chances to play a little bit. McNabb has missed at least 2 games a year in 4 of the past 5 seasons.

But I hope for his sake, he gets a decent gig outside of DC.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

p1funk;

because none of them are QB's.

Shanny has a thing for Qb's. He coached one of the greatest.

One draft pick to get a guy he thinks he can win with now and a couple years down the road -

A) does not mortgage our future
b) does not mean we are in win now mode and are going on a one year run at the SB

one move does not a offseason make.

I look at the one move vs the other 7+ that were passed on, or the ones that were signed to contracts that cannot hurt us whilst getting rid of our cap heavy under-performing players like ARE etc...


Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse


So this is about satisfying Shanny's QB fetish??

That doesn't exactly conjure up tons of confidence.

Maybe Shanny thinks he can with this guy now, but is that a rational thought given the state of the REST of the team??

We are in "win-now" mode. I don't see how people can argue otherwise. You don't give away high draft picks to get a 33 year old QB because you plan to be competitive 3 years down the stretch.

If we are not in "win-now" mode, then this move makes even less sense to me and seems even more irrational.

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If he comes back, he will start at some point. Donvan will not last through the season.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"Michael C. Wright, of The Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said in a text message that the team is not interested in Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell."


Why would he be interested in Campbell? In what way is Campbell an upgrade over David Garrard?

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

repost


TO EVERYONE ON THIS BLOG: For the last few months we have all debated the 2 schools of thought on building a team. 1) Get a franchise QB first, protection second, and 2) Protect your QB first and find him second.... Well, it looks like Mike and Bruce subscribe the the first school. They both must obviously feel that this team is not as bad as some of us think it is. They are making the best out of the hand they were dealt. I believe that they are doing the best they can for this franchise.
This in ONE move. I know its not easy to trade back from #4 but what if they trade back a few spots and manage to pick a great LT and also a RT? Perhaps we resign Levi in a few weeks? What about this incredibly deep draft? A few better options in the later rounds this year than in years past right? Thats what we keep saying up here isn't it?
I have read this blog for over 2 years but rarely commented. I am no supporter or crucifier of Campbell. I like his professionalism and heart. McNabb will bring more to the field than JC will and I am looking forward to this. Our coach and GM this year are MUCH better at building a team than we have had in quite a while so I trust their judgement...

I also recall a few bloggers stating that we could rebuild the line and get a QB, that it wasn't an either/or situation. Looks to me like Bruce and Mike agree!

And I want to leave you with this little nugget: All the analysts that have been bashing the Skins for years over offseason decisions are finally saying that this is a good move! Just chillax and chew on the next few weeks.

Hail!

Posted by: sweetsweetlou | April 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

p1funk;

you kepp saying high draft picks... they gave away 1 high draft pick in this years draft, and one, possibly in next years draft.

if we were in win now mode and shanny was here on the short, knowing synder penchant for FA splash, shanny could have submitted a plan about getting every FA possbile.
Pep
Dans
etc...

he did not.

1 move man, one move.

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Campbell would be a fine backup.

Great, with McNabb and Campbell we've got the QB positioned shored up.

Anyone got ideas for fixing the rest of the team?

Keep in mind the FA market sucks, and we have 4 draft picks this year and are minus one draft pick next year.

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

There are many Phillydelphia fans/Washington haters here with me today. On a Washington blog. Get a clue Bruce and Mike.

Posted by: skinshaveaGM | April 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DikShuttle

McNabb vs dallas last year? Not pretty. On the other hand, McNabb torched the jints the way Sherman torched Atlanta

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

And for the last decade McNabb has pretty much owned the Cowboys and the whole division. Not mention the biggest problem in both those games was Dallas' huge oline mashing the Eagles small front, they dominated time of possesion and made the Eagles play catch up from the beginning.

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If he comes back, he will start at some point. Donvan will not last through the season.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM |

McNabb may not last through the season but if Campbell has to start after DC gets to see what a real QB can do Campbell will wish he was having root canal work done instead.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

and,

what if shanny saw all the QB's in the draft, especially the 2nd rounders and did not like them?

It is not a fetish, it is the most important position in football.

so a 2nd for a proven qb so that he can look at next years qb class?

sounds like logic to me.

but, hey, i dont know that to be true. just from what i see it is plausible. much more plausible than we are on a win now streak.

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone got ideas for fixing the rest of the team? Keep in mind the FA market sucks, and we have 4 draft picks this year and are minus one draft pick next year."

Draft 4 offensive linemen.

What other option is there?

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

What should Shanahan say? Is he going to tell all of the teams that might have an interest that the Redskins will be cutting JC so don't worry about trading for him? This is just Shanahan being smart, which seems kind of odd to us after enduring Vinny's nitwitticisms for the last few years.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they're planning on ignoring the line and drafting a qb. In addition to McNabb, we'll draft McCoy or Bradford. We'll also keep Campbell, Grossman, Colt and that other guy. We'll just keep rotating them and hope that the first one injured recovers before the last one gets hurt. This seems to be what they're doing with the RBs.

Posted by: mack1 | April 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If he comes back, that would be the best option for the Skins.

Posted by: priceisright
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Much rather get a 3rd, 4th or 5th for him, and Jax aside, I think there's teams that'd give one of those for him.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

That McNabb is prone to getting sacked. Behind a better OL than we had in DC, McNabb lost as many yards as we did. Sacks were a big problem last year, unless the OL improves a bunch, we risk seeing the same thing this year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Agreed about the OLine to a point...My point would come down to QB mechanics. While JC would hold on to the ball for way to long and had a horribly long throwing motion, McNabb has a quicker release, better throwing motion and can generally see the field better which could be argued to the point that it made his OLine look better than they really were, as opposed to JC making the OLine look worse than they really are.. ya dig?

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 6, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Why would he be interested in Campbell? In what way is Campbell an upgrade over David Garrard?

Posted by: p1funk

Campbell had slightly higher QB ratings than Garrard in each of the past 2 seasons, is cheaper and is 4 years younger. I would think a lot would depend on Garrard's contract.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

tampa;

tis true, maybe.

maybe not.

my point to all is why all the hand wringing? we cant change how they do stuff, so wait and see.

giving a 2nd rounder for mcnabb is a deal most 'experts' say we got the best of.

that is certainly a change form years past/

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

**Re-Post**

"Here you go RED. Instead of the same tired cliches and since the season doesn't start for another 5 months..."


Posted by: Diesel44


They're "tired" to you because it underlines just how exaggerated your discontent really is.

Those question marks you have are EXACTLY why we should hold judgement until at least after the draft.


But go ahead and picket in the parking lot in Ashburn if you think that'll get McNabb back to Philly and upgrade the Redskins' offensive line. But bring some water 'cause it's hot out there...


p1, RE: "Chefs and Dishes"

Have you had a bacon cheeseburger from Burger King? Have you had one from Five Guys?

Totally different burgers even though they have the same name, right?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

McNabb may not last through the season but if Campbell has to start after DC gets to see what a real QB can do Campbell will wish he was having root canal work done instead.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 3:43 PM

One QB is getting better (no matter how bad you may think he is) and one is on the declne. At some point very soon, there will be little difference between the two other than age and injuries.

I'll be extremely surprised if McNabb does any better than Neon Deion, Jason Taylor, Bruce Smith, or any of the aging superstarts that were supposed to put us over the top.


Posted by: Alan4 | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

p1funk;

you kepp saying high draft picks... they gave away 1 high draft pick in this years draft, and one, possibly in next years draft.

if we were in win now mode and shanny was here on the short, knowing synder penchant for FA splash, shanny could have submitted a plan about getting every FA possbile.
Pep
Dans
etc...

he did not.

1 move man, one move.

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


One move.

Is that what you were saying after the Jason Taylor trade? Or the Haynesworth signing? I'll be very interested in seeing what kind of extension we give McNabb.

I think you are undervaluing our draft picks. We already had few of them and we have alot of needs on our roster.

So your position is that we are not "win-now". What exactly is your view of the Redskins plan? At what point in the future do you envision this team intending to be a serious post-season player and for how long?

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The team did not pick up players off of the trash heap and make them into good Oline players. They selected players in the draft that had the right physical traits. The problem in this situation is that he has nothing to work with in regards to players on the current roster or picks for guys in the draft.


Posted by: srobert1117 | April 6, 2010 3:19 PM

You're wrong. Check your facts. Both the '97 and '98 team had o-lines made up of mostly free agents. Zimmerman, Swayne, Schlereth (former Skin), Tony Jones and Brian Habib started their careers on other teams. Swayne and Zimmerman were older guys when they got to Denver. Shanny knows how to get vet guys who fit what he likes to run.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, bring him back so the Skins can keep kicking his bloodied filthy carcass whilst fileting his man marbles.

Maybe next year they'll make him head waterboy.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone got ideas for fixing the rest of the team? Keep in mind the FA market sucks, and we have 4 draft picks this year and are minus one draft pick next year."


Draft 4 offensive linemen.

What other option is there?

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 6, 2010 3:44 PM |

They could trade back in the draft and pick up picks, they could trade for picks.

Or they could pull a LT out of there a$$ for all I know, but I do know we won't know anything until the season starts and we see what the rest of the team looks like.

I'm not blessed with being able to see the future like Dies44. and a few others on here.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 6, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Haven't you see Blind Side?! LT is the most important position in foobaw EVAR!


....maps.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

mmmm Five Guys. That might have to be dinner....

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Why would he be interested in Campbell? In what way is Campbell an upgrade over David Garrard?

Posted by: p1funk

Campbell had slightly higher QB ratings than Garrard in each of the past 2 seasons, is cheaper and is 4 years younger. I would think a lot would depend on Garrard's contract.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:48 PM

Yet only one player will prevent the team from moving to LA.

Tim Tebow

No chance Jax is a potential trade partner. I'd take a 5th from either the Raiders, Bills, or Rams instead of him walking in 2011.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

And for the last decade McNabb has pretty much owned the Cowboys and the whole division. Not mention the biggest problem in both those games was Dallas' huge oline mashing the Eagles small front, they dominated time of possesion and made the Eagles play catch up from the beginning.

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM |

It wasn't a problem, it was part of the plan. McNabb, torqued at the FO stiffing him on a contract extension, was mad to get of out Philly and stinking up the joint in two critical games against Dallas sealed the deal.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Why would he be interested in Campbell? In what way is Campbell an upgrade over David Garrard?

Posted by: p1funk

Campbell had slightly higher QB ratings than Garrard in each of the past 2 seasons, is cheaper and is 4 years younger. I would think a lot would depend on Garrard's contract..

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse


Well, they'd be giving Campbell an extension, I'm sure.

Del Rio and Jax have to start winning now in order to salvage thier job/franchise.

Garrard has led them into the postseason and knows DelRio and the offense.

Not sure why starting over with a proven loser like JC17 and having to teach him a new offense from scratch would appeal to Del Rio.

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

That McNabb is prone to getting sacked. Behind a better OL than we had in DC, McNabb lost as many yards as we did. Sacks were a big problem last year, unless the OL improves a bunch, we risk seeing the same thing this year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Agreed about the OLine to a point...My point would come down to QB mechanics. While JC would hold on to the ball for way to long and had a horribly long throwing motion, McNabb has a quicker release, better throwing motion and can generally see the field better which could be argued to the point that it made his OLine look better than they really were, as opposed to JC making the OLine look worse than they really are.. ya dig?

Posted by: skinsfanintampa

Is McNabb better than Campbell? Yes. I think the real difference is that the iggles ran plays that went deeper more often, making it more likely to take sacks. This also is borne out a bit by McNabb's stats. He had a lower completion % than Campbell, but over 2 more yards per completion.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

No, Jtay was a horrible pick up at a position we really did not need.

we can all agree we wanted a dif qb, yes?

so my view of the plan is

A) were not gonna pick one this year
B) so either stick with JC unless something else better comes along in terms of established vet QB
3) holy crap, DM is avail to us a division foe
X) get him for a 2nd, draft oline with 4 or move back (this is the important other shoe to drop I hope to see) and recoup that pick
#) draft young QB next year or serious project this year in the 4th.

But i dont know that anymore than you know we are in win now. except your positing that because of trading a 2nd for a QB is win now yet we did not take peppers (who apprently we need for the 3-4) dansby (who we need for the 3-4). overpay for Clifton (who everyone thought was going to get tto much money for meager prduction) and the other o lineman.

Your theory, which is based upon one move while ignoring other moves not made, does not pass the smell test.

We dont pick oline with our first pick, then i will be hiolding my hands up saying WTF... but i aint gonna worry about that til it happens or it dont...

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Is that what you were saying after the Jason Taylor trade? Or the Haynesworth signing? I'll be very interested in seeing what kind of extension we give McNabb.

I think you are undervaluing our draft picks. We already had few of them and we have alot of needs on our roster.

So your position is that we are not "win-now". What exactly is your view of the Redskins plan? At what point in the future do you envision this team intending to be a serious post-season player and for how long?

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM |

Shanny made that trade and signed AH that is amazing since he wasn't with the team I would like to know hjow that was possible.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

p1, RE: "Chefs and Dishes"

Have you had a bacon cheeseburger from Burger King? Have you had one from Five Guys?

Totally different burgers even though they have the same name, right?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse


Yes I've had burgers from both places. Doesn't matter who is cooking them - eat too many and you'll die of a heart attack.

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The JC situation is stupid.
For two years the franchise has been devaluing JC. His play hasn't been spectacular and the FO hasn't helped.

I'm onboard with the Brown Hornet trade.

Posted by: priceisright | April 6, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

double meep meep

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Campbell staying??? Of all the stupid things to want... Campbell is a LOSER.. take whatever draft pick u can get for him.. i cannot believe this is even being considered..

Posted by: sovine08 | April 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Why would he be interested in Campbell? In what way is Campbell an upgrade over David Garrard?

Posted by: p1funk

Campbell had slightly higher QB ratings than Garrard in each of the past 2 seasons, is cheaper and is 4 years younger. I would think a lot would depend on Garrard's contract..
Posted by: zcezcest1
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If Jacksonville is smart they will figure out a way to get Tebow .. he will be better than Garrard or Campbell.. and he will fill the stands to boot...

Posted by: sovine08 | April 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

how much disrespect can Campbell take. they will keep Campbell and still keep Grossman.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

There is no starting position out there for JC17

If he is going to be a back-up, and yes, he would be #2

Then Jason should simply stay here.

Don't let you're pride rule you're reason.

We all want you back as a back-up. This is the best place for him. Next year he may have better options

Posted by: imthedude | April 6, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

a perspective I haven't seen so far. instead of this being 'mortgage the future' or 'one player away' which would be stupid indeed, what if this is just 'floundering with JC for another year isn't good for JC or the Skins, and losing a lot is just plain destructive to morale, etc.'? we can't draft a QB who can start instantly anyway (that never works) so we get DM, and he mentors JC, or whoever we draft, and in the meantime, we win a few more games and everyone is more positive. let's not overthink this. we do have to play next year, so someone has to be the QB next year. JC learning yet another new system? not good for anyone.

Posted by: JoeT1 | April 6, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Taking a back seat to Donovan would be far better than taking the first seat in a freak show. If he goes to a decent team then it would be worthwhile. If the offer is from Oakland he would do much better making $3 million doing an internship with Donovan McNabb. He called him last year when he was struggling. Take the year with Donovan and then leave without any restrictions next year. The year of rest will keep him healthy for the next off season.

Posted by: Carole5520 | April 6, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

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