Denver's Josh McDaniels Rejects Jason Campbell Again

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Denver's Josh McDaniels Rejects Jason Campbell Again
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It's a cynical way to put it, but for the second time in a year, Denver Bronco's head coach Josh McDaniels rejected Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.

The Cleveland Browns traded QB Brady Quinn to Denver for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

Talk about cheap. With NFL labor uncertainty, we aren't certain there will even be a draft in 2012. Denver gets Quinn for next to nothing.

Hillis, by the way, appeared in 14 games last season with 13 carries for 54 yards and one touchdowns.

Whatever you think of Campbell, he's a better prospect for Denver than Quinn who struggled with the Browns. I think the Redskins would trade him for cheap, though not for next-to-nothing like the Quinn deal.

Campbell's stats improved last year as he shouldered a heavier burden of the offense. But Washington fell to a 4-12 record, which points to the big knock against Campbell. He hasn't been clutch.

Cleveland signed QB Jake Delhomme to a two-year contract Saturday just after signing Seneca Wallace. The Browns released Derek Anderson ahead of his $2 million roster bonus due March 19.

What's interesting is that Browns president Mike Holmgren reached back to Seattle to sign Wallace. That network connection is how it works. Coaches and team presidents travel in packs. They surround themselves with assistants and players already familiar with their approach to the game.

Campbell's contacts with so many coaches who cycled through Redskin Park may prove advantageous. Lots of people have seen his work and work ethic. His last two quarterback mentors happen to be in the same neighborhood.

Jim Zorn is quarterback coach with the Baltimore Ravens where Al Saunders happens to be an offensive consultant (and you thought nobody else did that).

I'm not predicting that Campbell will be practicing in Owings Mills this summer. I'm just saying that prior relationships work wonders in any one's career.  

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