Jason Campbell learned a lot in the past two days.
For one, he learned about the cold, business part of the NFL. For another, he learned about how his value stacks up to other quarterbacks in the league.
In the end, though, Jason Campbell is not the type of player that will sulk over his team's eager willingness to depart with him. No, Jason Campbell will prepare harder for the 2009 season than any other season he has ever played.
After listening to some of his early comments after the Cutler trade had been made, Jason Campbell will do anything necessary to prove to Daniel Snyder that trading him would have been a mistake.
In the end, this almost-trade might have been the best thing to ever happen for Jason Campbell's career. This will make him more motivated than ever, and he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder.
He was very close to being traded, the Broncos picked Kyle Orton over him, and now he's in the last year of his contract. Is it possible to have any more motivation?
If he doesn't have a break-through season this year, he never will. If he had any delusions about his place in the NFL, they were dashed yesterday. It's now or never in 2009.
Look for a different Jason Campbell this year. He'll be more willing to take chances, and he will play like a man on a mission.