Byron Leftwich To Washington Not a Good Move

Giuliano CaraccioloContributor IApril 6, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 30:  Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins stands on the sidelines against the New York Giants during their game at FedEx Field on November 30, 2008 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Dan Snyder sure knows how to make his players feel a sense of security for their jobs.


It has been reported that the Washington Redskins held a workout with free-agent quarterback Byron Leftwich on April 3, 2009.Just one day after Snyder aggressively attempted to trade Campbell away for highly sought after disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler of the Denver Broncos.


Dan Snyder, this is not a good move.


Jason Campbell has been a class act throughout this entire media circus regarding Jay Cutler, Josh McDaniels, and the hungry franchises eagerly trying to lay there claim to the potential franchise quarterback.


Imagine how it must feel to be told by your management that you are the go-to guy for your team, and then find out that you could have easily been disposed of for someone who management believes has more potential and talent then you do?


Jason Campbell quickly learned that this is what the business side of football is all about and tried to put it all behind him as the Chicago Bears won the Jay Cutler sweepstakes. Jason Campbell probably breathed a sigh of relief after the whole fiasco was over and done with and restarted the process of believing he is the leader of the Redskins


Not so fast Jason.


Dan Snyder spoke with Jason Campbell face-to-face and said Leftwich would only be insurance in case the injury bug hit and would only be signed to a one-year deal.


I might be wrong here, but what impact could this have on Jason Campbell’s confidence?  Jason Campbell is a great young quarterback with the type of attitude most franchises look for.


I believe that having to watch over his back, as Byron Leftwich clearly stated that he had no interest being a backup quarterback this season, could seriously stunt Campbell’s growth as a quarterback and player.


Sure, Byron Leftwich is a more than capable backup quarterback in the NFL and most teams would be smart to pick him up. The one odd aspect of the workout held for Leftwich was the timing of it.


Why would Dan Snyder set up a workout for Leftwich, an above average player in his position of available quarterbacks, after how long he was available? Is there something the Washington Redskins franchise know that we don’t? Has Jason Campbell voiced his displeasure regarding the potential Cutler trade to Dan Snyder or any other members of the Redskins franchise?


Jason Campbell is realizing that in tough times like these, the most sought after position available is the secure one.