Jason Campbell has not yet signed his tender from the Redskins, and his agent reportedly is still scouring the internet, I mean NFL — for possible destinations. Nevertheless Campbell will sign his tender by April 15 which is the due date. [via The Post]
As of late Thursday night, Campbell had not yet signed the first-round tender he received from the Redskins, two people familiar with the situation said. He does plan to sign the one-year, $3.14-million contract, the sources said, and is expected to do so no later than Monday.
Campbell actually has until next Thursday (April 15) to sign the tender, which is the last day unrestricted free agents can sign offer sheets with other clubs. Coach Mike Shanahan granted permission for Campbell’s agent, Joel Segal, to continue to seek trades that would benefit Campbell and the Redskins after the deadline to sign tenders, indicating he would be willing to move Campbell if Segal could find a better situation for him. And if, of course, the Redskins could get what they want in exchange for him.
If Campbell remains on the roster beginning training camp, he would compete with the recently signed Rex Grossman to be the primary backup behind new starter Donovan McNabb. Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, Campbell’s salary would be guaranteed if he is on the opening 53-man roster.
The Redskins would not owe Campbell anything if they cut him before the season. If he were released during the season, Campbell would be eligible to collect termination pay from the team.
I expect Campbell to make the team because Rex Grossman is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. I think Campbell’s paid his dues by taking sacks left and right for the past few seasons and it’s time for him to be rewarded by collecting his money. He’ll learn some new moves from his new veteran teammate, Donovan McNabb in the process. And if he has to step up and fill in which he probably will — Campbell might then regain that spring in his step that has been missing for quite some time.