Rumor Mill: Raiders Interested in Jason Campbell

Ah, it's another rumor for today. It's like fielding a routine grounder and then tossing it across the diamond for the third out of the inning in a tie game late. Am I right, Kevin Kouzmanoff?

Anyway, the Washington Redskins acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. You might have heard that one at some point last night. Well, that trade basically spelled the end for Jason Campbell at our nation's capital. According to the Washington Post, five teams are interested in Jason Campbell. Of course, our Oakland Raiders were among those teams mentioned.

Currently, I'm sure all of you are well aware of the starting job candidates the Raiders have lined up for September. We have JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski, so it's pretty clear that Gradkowski should be the starter without a doubt. With Al Davis, though, you never really know. Everyone has their own theory as to who will be starting. Gradkowski performed well enough to win, but Russell was Davis' guy in the 2007 draft and he's still around despite playing like total garbage. Could we add another quarterback to the mix, though?

Jason Campbell, drafted 25th overall out of the University of Auburn in 2005, is coming off of the best season of his career. In his third season as a starter, Campbell completed 64 percent of his passes and threw for 3,618 yards. While he isn't effective down the field, he's an above average quarterback at the least. Here in Oakland, I'm sure he could run this vanilla offense. These the potential suitors for Campbell according to the link:

Buffalo, Carolina, Oakland, Jacksonville and an unidentified team are believed to be interest in Campbell, who can become a restricted free agent after the 2010 season

Since Campbell cannot become a free agent of any sort until after this upcoming season, I was initially indifferent on whether or not the Raiders should look into trading for the guy. If he was a free agent, I'd totally go for it. He'd be an upgrade over Bruce Gradkowski. Since he's not a free agent and the Redskins still own him, I'm not totally sold on committing to him in a trade; however, I'd toss out a late pick and see what the Redskins would do. We might as well get involved. If the asking price is too much, oh well. We can say that we at least tried and attempted to make our team better.

What say you, nation?

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