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Redskins trade QB Jason Campbell to Oakland (updated at 2:34)
Jason Campbell’s checkered five-year tenure with the Washington Redskins has finally ended after he was traded this afternoon to the Oakland Raiders for Oakland’s 2012 fourth-round pick.
The Redskins have confirmed the terms of the deal. Campbell did not immediately return a phone message.
New coach Mike Shanahan quickly determined that he did not want Campbell to lead his offense. He originally said that he’d wait until he had the chance to work with Campbell on the practice field to determine Campbell’s role going forward, but Shanahan traded for Donovan McNabb on April 4–before the team’s first minicamp.
Shanahan granted Campbell permission to seek a trade after acquiring McNabb. The Redskins preceded the McNabb trade by signing free agent Rex Grossman from Houston, which seemingly left no room for Campbell.
Campbell will ultimately be associated with a group of Redskins quarterbacks that failed to achieve “franchise quarterback” status despite being drafted in the first round. He joins joins Heath Shuler (1994) and Patrick Ramsey (2002) on that list; all three were drafted after the franchise’s last Super Bowl title in 1991.
Campbell, 28, departs in sixth-place on the franchise’s all-time passing list (10,680 yards). His 55 touchdown passes rank seventh.
He already has signed a one-year contract extension with the Raiders, according to a source familiar with the situation. Terms of the deal could not be confirmed, but ESPN reported that Campbell will make $4.5 million in 2011. He signed his one-year, $3.14 million tender with the Redskins earlier this month.
In an interview with NFL Network just a moment ago, Campbell said he believes he’ll be Oakland’s starting quarterback, judging from his conversations with members of Oakland’s front office. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the first overall pick in 2007, has never emerged as a reliable starter. Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye are also on the roster.