Jason Campbell Becomes An Member Of The Oakland Raiders

April 24th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Washington Redskins have sent quarterback Jason Campbell out west to Oakland after acquiring Donovan McNabb several weeks ago.

During the process of bringing Campbell onto the team, the Raiders took on his contract with an additional year added to it as well, which is worth $4.5 million in the 2011 NFL season.

“I look at this as getting to start over,” Campbell said to ESPN in an interview. “I talked to Mr. [Al] Davis, and he wanted me for two years. He wants me to help their team to a new level.”

Campbell agreed to a tender contract with the Redskins earlier, and had also been in contact with the Carolina Panthers.  That fell by the wayside as the Panthers selected quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft.

“I’m going to work hard to make sure that happens,” said Campbell of starting for Oakland in the upcoming season.

“Had I stayed [in Washington], there was no guarantee I was going to be the backup,” Campbell remarked. “Now I have a chance to go play for a team that really wants me.”

Campbell was a first-round draft selection by Washington back in 2005, and started a total of 52 games for the team during his tenure as a member of the Redskins.  He has a career rating as a passer of 82.3 and has 55 touchdown passes to his credit.  He was the victim of poor pass protection as he was sacked 102 times since 2007, which is tied for the league lead.

Statistically, Campbell had his best season last year, with a 64.5 percent completion rate and 20 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.  His passer rating was 86.4.  Despite the improvements individually, the Redskins tabbed just a 4-12 record, and brought on head coach Mike Shanahan to lead a new era in Washington football.  Campbell was not going to be a part of it after the Redskins traded for McNabb.

Campbell now joins an Oakland team that has struggled with the quarterback position for nearly a decade.  With the addition of Campbell, the Raiders have five quarterbacks on the current roster.  Former No.1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller and Campbell.

The top-two starting quarterback candidates had been Gradkowski and Russell, but now it appears Oakland looks to Campbell to lead them.

Russell has played in 31 games since being the top selection by the Raiders, with a completion percentage of 52.1, throwing 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

While the Raiders added a quarterback in Campbell, they sent linebacker Kirk Morrison  to Jacksonville.

Oakland drafted linebacker Rolando McClain out of Alabama with the eighth overall selection this year.

“For me, it’s a new beginning. I feel like I was drafted all over again,” Morrison remarked. “I definitely didn’t see a slip in my play. Now I can move to Jacksonville and show what I can do.”

USA Online Sportsbooks favor the Redskins over the Raiders to claim Super Bowl XLV in their early odds.

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