What the Donovan McNabb Trade Means for the Bills and Jason Campbell

Greg HaefnerSenior Analyst IApril 5, 2010

While the recent trade between the Redskins and Eagles closes the door on all of the possible McNabb-to-Buffalo speculation, it also opens the door to speculation for another "new" trade scenarios for the Bills.

I put new in quotation marks there because the most obvious scenario that will receive speculation now is the Jason Campbell-to-Buffalo scenario, one that was visited earlier this offseason and had since died down, prior to the McNabb trade.

Buffalo is said to be one of five teams that have already shown interest in Campbell since the McNabb trade, and on paper the fit does make perfect sense. Campbell is a mobile, strong-armed quarterback who has made 52 starts over the past four seasons, starting all 16 games in each of the past two. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is a fairly respectable 55-to-38 for his career and, according to SI.com's Peter King , he can be had for a fifth-round pick.

Unfortunately, Campbell has never been very consistent in any of his seasons, showing only flashes of brilliance throughout the course of a year while being otherwise mediocre. Those flashes are expected of a first or second-year player, but not by a player in his fifth year as a pro and third as a full-time starter.

Whether a change of scenery can help him become the quarterback he was envisioned to be when Washington spent a first-round pick on him in 2005 remains to be seen, but his past performance is more frustrating than it is inspiring.

While this trade would be a low-risk investment for Buffalo because of the cost, it would not appear to be a franchise-building move like most Bills fans expect.

At the price of a fifth-round pick, the deal would seem to be a sensible, non-flashy move for Buffalo, something the organization is somewhat well-known for doing.

Before the real scrutiny begins, however, the Bills brass needs to pull the trigger on this deal. Whether that happens should be decided sometime between now and draft day.