If Jason Campbell is cut by the Cleveland Browns this off season, the Oakland Raiders would be foolish not to consider bringing him back as a stop gap while they find a quarterback of the future in the NFL Draft. Campbell is thought to be a potential cap casualty for the Browns and if so, the Raiders could easily afford to pay him enough to consider a return to the Silver and Black.
Campbell played with the Raiders for two seasons back in 2010-2011. During his second season, the team looked as though they were finally ready to break the nearly decade long playoff drought. The Raiders started the season 4-2 under Campbell before he broke his collar bone, the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer and everything went down hill.
Campbell was far from great during his time with the Raiders and lived up to his nickname “Captain Check Down” often. But at the same time, he was not a liability and often times played very well for the Silver and Black. At 32 years old, Campbell is not going to get many opportunities to compete for a starting job or sign a big contract. But with 10 years of experience in the NFL, most of which was spent as a starting quarterback, he may be the Raiders best option for a stop gap quarterback.
Even if the Raiders were to take a quarterback with the number five pick, it would be wise to let him sit and learn for a year while the Raiders continue to build a solid roster to insert him into. Given the incredibly thin free agent class of quarterbacks, Campbell may be the best option for the Raiders from a talent, experience and price perspective.
He is clearly not a guy to get overly excited about, but with a solid defense and a good run game, Campbell is a guy who can win games for the Raiders. Get him a big time wide receiver in the Draft where plenty are available and the Raiders can win a good number of games with Campbell. Make the playoffs? That is going to be a near impossible feat for whoever plays quarterback, but Campbell may be the best option to come in and start right away with positive results.