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What the McNabb trade means for Campbell

Many Insider readers expressed anger toward me in e-mails after I recently wrote the team clearly was not committed to quarterback Jason Campbell.

After Sunday night's surprising trade for former Philadelphia Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Redskins made their feelings about Campbell known publicly. As of late Sunday evening/early Monday morning, the Redskins had not officially informed Campbell, their starter the past three-plus seasons, that McNabb is now their franchise quarterback, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

In fact, Campbell only learned of the move from friends, who had heard about the trade while watching television and listening to radio, the person said. Of course, Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen are not obligated to tell Campbell anything. The team retained Campbell's rights by offering him a first-round contract tender - which he has not yet signed - and this is how things work at times in the NFL.

On the other hand, Campbell has been a consummate professional since the Redskins selected him in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. He has worked hard on and off the field while representing the organization well in the community, and usually was positive in his comments about the team despite the poor performance of the front office and coaching staffs that have marked his time in Washington.

"Jason is a great guy," center Casey Rabach said in a phone interview late Sunday night. "He's a guy who's taken a lot of stuff through his three years of starting, but always handled it very well. He always handled it very professional."

Shanahan and Allen were not here for the organization's many missteps under owner Daniel Snyder the past five seasons, and even if they had been, they're all about business in their approach to players, people who have worked with them in the past said. Shanahan determined Campbell could not help the Redskins as much as McNabb could, so McNabb is in and Campbell almost undoubtedly will be out soon.

The Redskins likely will trade Campbell, who received a first-round tender of $3.14 million. Usually in such situations, players sign the tender offers when trades are close to being completed.

With the way the roster has been mismanaged for most of Snyder's 11-year tenure, Campbell never had a chance to be successful in Washington, a high-ranking former NFC player-personnel official once told me. All the changes in offensive philosophies, the lack of overall talent on the roster and apparent shaky high-ranking leadership would have been too much for the league's best quarterbacks to overcome, the NFC official said, let alone a guy such as Campbell, who has talent but is not an elite signal caller.

After all, the Redskins have missed the playoffs eight times in Snyder's 11 seasons. Campbell only has been with the team for five of those seasons and did not start until midway through his second season. The team's failure to win consistently under Snyder is not all on Campbell's shoulders. Not even close.

The fact is, however, that Campbell did not get it done during the time he was allotted to impress, and perhaps he would benefit from a change of scenery. One of Campbell's former Redskins coaches told me he's confident Campbell could be an effective starter for another team, and it seems that theory will soon be tested.

"You have to just hold your head up high and get through it," wide receiver Devin Thomas said of Campbell. "Sometimes you have to find an exit door, but that opens another door for ya, and that's just part of the game. Everybody knows that.

"It's unfortunate with the last couple of years everything Jason has been through. He overcame a lot of stuff, no doubt, and you have to respect the way he's handled it. He'll have an opportunity somewhere else and make the best of it. I know he will."

By Jason Reid  |  April 5, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Jason Campbell , Mike Shanahan  | Tags: Donovan McNabb, Jason Campbell  
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You catching this Lisa?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 5, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Considering we have shown all of our cards to the Rams, Bills, Raiders, etc...I guess we fold our hand and hope for a 4th round pick.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

The logic that some the haters use is totally idiotic.

They claim the value for Campbell in a trade went down because the Redskins "showed no confidence" in him by getting McNabb. By the same analogy, the Eagles would have brought down the value of McNabb by willing to trade him!!!

Anytime a player is traded, the team is willing to part with him. You don't have to be an idiotic Redskin-hater to know that.

Campbell will get a trade in value based on his own attributes and performance, not based on the love that Shanahan has for him.

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | April 5, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Never underestimate the stupidity of the Raiders. And Damarcus is pushing 300.

That would just be about JC's luck... shipped off to Oakland.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 5, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

so JC signs his tender and if we can't trade him he becomes a $3 million dollar backup?

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 5, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for your service Tony Banks....opps I mean Jason campbell

Posted by: leevi98 | April 5, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | April 5, 2010 1:26 AM

the point is that DM's trade value>JC's trade value. even us campbell supporters freely acknowledge that. it's a bummer the 'skins won't be able to get more for him.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 5, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully with a strong running game and solid defense, McNabb and Shanny can get a SB or two like Elway and Shanny did. And as far as McNabb being injury prone, I doubt in Shanny's offense he'll be dropping back as much. I imagine and hope it will be like Elway's final 2 seasons where the running game will be emphasized.

Posted by: ga8085 | April 5, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | April 5, 2010 1:26 AM

Apparently you missed the memo...Haters are now referred to as hatters.

You're also wrong...

When a trading partner knows that you have to trade a player THEY are negotiating from a position of strength. NO WAY is JC on the roster since he would be able to walk after this year. The McNabb reference isn’t a fair comparison considering we probably had to overpaid for him for the Eagles to trade him interdivisionally.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

with what the market seems to be bearing, if the 'skins try to trade for picks they're gonna be low rounders. hope this draft is as deep as they say.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 5, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Remember when NT Ma'ake said that Shanny sold him to the Skins with talk of a SB run this year? Guess it wasn't just marketing.

So, what do the Redskins still need?

1. LT
2. ILB
3. FS
4. Perhaps a game changing speed back or WR.

What else?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 5, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

So, what do the Redskins still need?

1. LT
2. ILB
3. FS
4. Perhaps a game changing speed back or WR.

What else?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 5, 2010 1:43 AM |

back-up/rookie nt, lb and serious o-line depth.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 5, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

...and for 31 other teams to stink this year.

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | April 5, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Mark Schlereth and Keyshawn Johnson have nothing but good things to say about this trade for the Skins. I still think the 49ers should of made this trade happen, but word is their too cheap. And let me reiterate this: The fact that Shanny was willing to trade for another QB doesn't bode well for what he thought about JC. Let all the JC supporters throw out his stats at that little tidbit.

Posted by: ga8085 | April 5, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Mark Schlereth and Keyshawn Johnson have nothing but good things to say about this trade for the Skins. I still think the 49ers should of made this trade happen, but word is their too cheap. And let me reiterate this: The fact that Shanny was willing to trade for another QB doesn't bode well for what he thought about JC. Let all the JC supporters throw out his stats at that little tidbit.

Posted by: ga8085 | April 5, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

The scary thing is still the Oline - Projected starters: LT? LG - Dockery; C - Raubach; RG - BMW or Hicks; RT?

Next scary thing is lack of proven talent at the WR position. DT, MK, MM look nice but still amazingly unproven.

Next scary thing - lack of speed at the RB position. Anthony Alridge? Seriously.

Next scary thing - lack of a PR.

Next scary thing - don't even know what we lack on defense, since the scheme seems to be totally changing. Orakpo's success came as a DE not OLB. Carter? Where does Rocky fit in? Lorenzo Alexander as a LB??? Who the hell knows. Will AH play nose? Can he play 3-4 DE? Can LL learn to play FS or do you shuffle all the safeties?

Right now the Skins have #4 and picks in the 4th, 5th and 7th rounds. You don't fill a lot of holes with that. One can only hope that McNabb signals the first of a number of trades. Presumably you try to get something for JC and Andre Carter who seemingly have no place on the team. I think you still have to try and trade down from the #4 to somehow try and come away from the draft with 2 starting tackles.

Scary, scary.

Posted by: thinker11 | April 5, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what to make of this trade yet. I hope the Skins don't get burned by this trade. Will be weird cheering for McNabb in burgundy & gold. Maybe they target LeFevour in the draft (late round mobile QB).

You have to feel sorry for Campbell, especially with the way he found out about the trade. I wish him all the best, but the film that the new coaches studied, probably didn't make him look that good. Hope he doesn't burn us like most young players traded from Washington area sports teams do.

Posted by: JinxMan | April 5, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

BTW, read somewhere they the Redskins also offered Haynesworth and/or Landry as part of the deal, but the Eagles weren't having it, and they would rather have the picks.

Posted by: JinxMan | April 5, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

"Because if this is a Shallen move, then I'm going back into Redskins exile."

Posted by: p1funk | April 4, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: leevi98

So tell us, Leevi, did you like "Alice in Wonderland?"

Posted by: TheCork | April 5, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

2009: Zorn and Campbell. 2010:Shanahan and Mcnabb. Which do you like the sound of better?

Posted by: NickInTheATX | April 5, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell should be thanking his lucky stars. It's hard to imagine he coulld possibly be traded to a team with a worse offensive line tha the ones Campbell has been forced to suffer under in his last two years with the 'skins.

Posted by: TheCork | April 5, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

"Redskins a co-favorite in division"

Posted by: leevi98 |

Preposterous, slapped together column. Clayton acts like johnson and Slow WIllie and Artis Hicks (Artis Hicks?) are great additions and significant upgrades, and ignores the pathetic state of the Redskins O-line, and iffy nature of their receiving corps.

Posted by: TheCork | April 5, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

The end will justify.

Posted by: abxinc | April 5, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

One last thought:

does this mean the 'skins are DEFINITELY not interested in TO?

Posted by: TheCork | April 5, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

I think people should consider that the Eagles think they have a better chance of winning with Kolb than DM. I find it really hard to believe that Kolb is a better QB than JC.

JC is still "young" and also has 2nd round value. Teams were willing to trade 1st day picks for whitehurst and Kolb. I think we will get atleast a 2nd and 5th for campbell.

I for one hate to see him go. I would have liked this trade 4 years ago, but with Don having just this season on contract I dont think it was worth it.

Oh Shanny we trust.

Posted by: Skinalicious | April 5, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Cork, the Skins OL is ONE LT away from being Good Enough.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 5, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

WOW, another late beep.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 5, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I might go to one game this year just so i can throw a bag of sh*it on Shanny and McNaab. I quit the Redskins after 30 years of loyalty. I can't root for that boot lipped idiot. Id rather honestly see Rex start and he blows. I dont care if the skins win every sb this is the only thing the could have done to turn me away. Shanny go back to Denver you peice of sh*t or prepare to have a bag of it thrown on you!! F*ck all yall!!!!

Posted by: 4skin | April 5, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

BRUNNELL 2. Here we go again. If playing Fantasy football with a real NFL team is an art, then Dan Snyder is Picasso. And his signature is all over this trade. So who are we thinking for the next coach?

Posted by: cgaquitaine | April 5, 2010 3:18 AM | Report abuse

If McNabb lasts 3-4 seasons...this is a good trade. If he doesn't...well....

This trade is eerily similar to Gibbs 2.0.....I guess we'll draft a QB next year.

I have been hoping that JAKE LOCKER would become a Redskin.

Posted by: GoonieGooGoo | April 5, 2010 4:21 AM | Report abuse

With the little playing time Kolb has had, he has shown much more promise than Cambell has in his 3 yrs as a starter. A Redskin coach said himself, Cambell is an effective QB. This is the NFL, teams don't want effective QB's, they need franchise, take the team to the next level QB's. Effective is a word used to discribe a back up.

Posted by: dodgertown | April 5, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

This is the most back tracked self serving post I have read since JLaC accused Vinny of tampering......

Who cares about who emails you? We can't see that......And the past 11 years has had ups and downs......You forgot to mention we went to the playoffs AFTER JC17 was injured and AFTER our best player was kilt.....Wow......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

So, what do the Redskins still need?

1. LT
2. ILB
3. FS
4. Perhaps a game changing speed back or WR.

What else?


Posted by: jaymicro | April 5, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

It goes to show the prism of media bias for Shanahan. He gets rave reviews from ESPN for a knucklehead move. How on earth will McDon't reach new heights when he has to play for his life behind a patchwork O line, "C" grade receivers and washed up RBs. Compete for a NFC East divisiontitle...??? Because of McDon't...??? Did he not watch the tape of the two Dallas games last year...??? That will be McDon'ts existence in Washington - with predictable results. Reid is laughing - the Skins enabled him to make his QB switch and re-build while the Skins contiune to collect 30+ castoffs. He knows he can handle McDon't twice a year and isn't worried.

Posted by: i155133 | April 5, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

The Oline is not close to being serviceable. There is no LT. There is no RT. Hicks is a career backup. Drafting and starting a LT is a dangerous proposition.

This is the type of move you make when the only thing you need is a QB like Minny with Favre.

The Skins have holes everywhere. McNabb has barely been able to get through a full season in Philly much less in DC behind a terrible Oline. The Redskins are a downgrade at every single position on offense in comparison to Philly.

This trade means the Redskins will win about 8 games and will not be in a position to draft a franchise QB next year.

Posted by: srobert1117 | April 5, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

He stinks like a week old corpse, but at least he is professional about it.

Posted by: mafafu | April 5, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

By the end of this season, the Redskins will have played both McNabb and Jason at quarterback because Dan Snyders fantasy team has no offensive linemen. None. No one wants to play here. By the end of 2010, the Redskins will sign Zorn to play qb and finish the season. Dan Snyder is still in charge. CHAMPIONSHIP.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | April 5, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I like Campbell. I liked Patrick Ramsey too.

I'm not sold on the McNabb trade, but he's undoubtedly an upgrade over Campbell. Wherever he ends up, I wish Jason well.

Posted by: Tank2 | April 5, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: xiciaoscis1 | April 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

For a player who's only been in the NFL for TWO years (and hasn't been a standout in either year), Devin Thomas sure does run his mouth a damn lot...

Posted by: ntlekt | April 5, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

This sucks that Shanahan will be getting rid of Campbell. You can't fault him for the lack of production from the offense when there wasn't an offensive line, receivers, or running backs to help him win ball games! What a crack he is and this goes to show that he had intentions of getting rid of him from day one. Wow, looks like the Skins are going to stay where they have been in the past few years which is last in there division. Grant it McNabb is a good QB, but what's good with having him if you don't have a front line that can protect him either or wide receivers to throw to or a running back to hand the ball to!!!!!!! What are the Skins thinking???? Campbell I wish you well wherever you go, you are a great athlete and quarterback....keep your head up!

Posted by: tarheels331 | April 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

McNabb will likely be an upgrade over what Campbell would have given us, but, the skins still won't make the playoffs this year and 2011 looks like a strike year. So the end result is we lose a couple of draft picks and in return, we get a better losing record next year.

The only good thing is we won't be drafting Claussen.

Posted by: Kidhorn | April 5, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

And when we find out that Campbell isn't an effective starter anywhere else.... the sympathizers will say: "It's because of all the change he had in his career. The Redskins ruined him".

It's hard to believe after 5 years that people still refuse to blame JC (who admittedly is a nice guy, maybe too nice to be an NFL starter) for anything.

The statement that Reid makes about having "no chance to succeed in DC" is ridiculous. Did we conveniently forget about 2007?

Posted by: Jason10 | April 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

This so-called organization may draft a qb in the 1st round it would not shock me at all. rabach and heyer will probably be starters again,both were praised by shanahan,does he watch any film of the o-line? there are 5 qb's on the team and another one on the way with very little blocking up front this makes alot of sense give up more draft picks for older player's(mcnabb could work but the line could get him injured)snyder in still making the calls and the person who says he is shanahan is probably ceRRAto wearing a shanahan mask and hair style.

Posted by: wathu19 | April 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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