Bruce Allen recaps the Campbell trade and draft
Redskins GM Bruce Allen discussed with reporters the draft and today’s trade of Jason Campbell to Oakland. The highlights:
*Allen was pleased that the trade finally was completed.
“The Jason Campbell situation obviously took a different direction once we acquired Donovan McNabb,” he said. “Working with his agent and working with Jason, we were trying to find him the proper home where he had a chance to compete for the starting job. The trade worked out to the compensation that we felt comfortable with, and it was the place that Jason wanted to go.”
Allen was asked whether many teams were interested in Campbell, and he gave no indication that was the case.
“We had a lot of talks with the Raiders,” he said. “It was clear that they had an interest. We wanted to pursue what we felt was the right thing for Jason and his agent.”
Allen wasn’t concerned with getting a 2010 pick for Campbell because he was confident in the Redskins’ ability to otherwise acquire some extra picks–and, indeed, they got two.
*Allen said the Redskins won’t have to smooth things over with Albert Haynesworth
“We were not shopping him,” he said. “I don’t know why the rumors started. Believe me that Albert’s agent has known from the first week the league year started what our thoughts were. We know where Albert stands and he knows where we stand. We look forward to him having a productive season.”
*Allen maintains that restricted free agent LB Rocky McIntosh hasn’t been included in trade talks.
“He’s an unsigned player right now,” Allen said. “You can’t trade an unsigned player. We’ve had no talks, and we have not offered him anywhere—in case that rumor is out there. I expect him to be a part of our team this year.”
*Allen believes seventh-round pick Terrence Austin could be the Redskins’ starting kick returner.
*Fourth-round pick Perry Riley will play inside linebacker in the Redskins’ new 3-4 scheme.
*The Redskins’ were attracted to C/G Erik Cook and OT Selvish Capers in the seventh round because of their respective versatility. Cook will start out at center. Capers has experience playing tackle on both sides, and with Trent Williams on board, Capers will probably compete on the right side. “We think he can come in and compete with the players we have right now,” Allen said of Capers.
*The Redskins will attempt to sign between two and six undrafted free agents.