With Donovan McNabb Now in Washington, Where Does Jason Campbell Fit In?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 06: Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins gives instructions against the New Orleans Saints on December 6, 2009 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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It's hard to draw people away from the recent eyebrow-raising news that Donovan McNabb is now a Washington Redskin, and like a fly stuck on a big piece of cake, the NFL public can't get enough of the reports, articles, and speculation that come with this hot story.

Now that Washington has its quarterback issues well and truly solved (or so it would seem), the pressure is beginning to ease off newly appointed head coach Mike Shanahan, as he heads closer and closer to opening day of the 2010 NFL season.

With free agency and the draft already shaking the NFL up into a frenzy of questions, excitement, and, above all else, controversy, there is little room for players to under-perform come next season.

One man, though, seemingly hasn't done much wrong.  Yet his starting quarterback spot may be in jeopardy due to the mere presence of another player.  I'm talking, of course, about Jason Campbell.

Although his gameplay in recent years has been far from extraordinary, it hasn't exactly been all that bad either. So where does this leave Campbell in terms of his future? 

Well, already fans are putting forward the boring and overused argument of "trade him to Oakland," and it is seeming like we are in a loop of mediocre quarterbacks that would be a great fit for the Oakland Raiders.

However, I fail to see how a trade to Oakland would result in benefiting both the Raiders and Campbell. 

If one fact remains the same, it's that Campbell is close to being a fan-favorite in the state of Washington.  Loved by many, and criticised by some, Redskins fans have stuck by their man and do put their utmost faith into his ability. Therefore, why should Campbell move over for McNabb? 

Well, to be quite frank, he shouldn't.  The recent McNabb signing to Washington isn't a case of Brett Favre taking over from Tavaris Jackson.  Campbell has talent, potential, and still a firm hold on the Redskins organization.

Favored by some, hated by many, McNabb is a criticised player, and with him comes a new breed of hate and harsh statements that are ready to pounce on McNabb the instant he makes a mistake.

For the Redskins, the safer option is leaving Campbell as starter, at least for the opening game.  Washington is a rebuilding team, and one that isn't in control of their own destiny just yet.  Avoiding controversy is key, and Campbell can make that happen.

If for some odd reason McNabb does win the starting role and does a remarkable job, Campbell could very well be a great fit with the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, or possibly even the Philadelphia Eagles.

Right now, though, the signing is promising, but not a season-changer.  Campbell in, McNabb benched—makes total sense to me.