In thinking about the news yesterday that the Rams traded 2007 1st round pick Adam Carriker to the Redskins for the right to move up a few spots in the 5th round of this years draft, it seems fair to conclude that the Rams have no interest in Jason Campbell. The Redskins had stated publicly both that they wanted Carriker and are willing to trade Campbell. It seems as though a trade could have been made between the teams for the two players. My question is: why not Jason Campbell?
A look at last years stats show that Campbell completed 64.5% of his passes for 3,618 yards, 20 TDs and 15 INTs and finished with an 86.4 passer rating. While those numbers might not jump off the page, it seems that he was a more-than-capable quarterback. Take into account the facts that Campbell ran an offensive system similar to the one employed by the Rams, the Rams have a better offensive line than the Redskins, the Rams have a better RB, and the potential to draft impact offensive weapons at WR and TE remain, and all signs point to Campbell being able to at least reproduce those numbers for the Rams this upcoming season. All that with a price tag that will be dwarfed by the price tag of Sam Bradford. Speaking of Bradford...
Can the Rams really afford to pay the reported $50 million in guaranteed money for a player who has a recent injury history--Campbell has been been relatively injury free--and is not NFL-ready--Campbell is a 3 year starter with improved stats in each succesive year? I have heard that the Rams want a face-of-the-franchise QB, which Campbell is not. But is it better to have your face-of-the-franchise either sitting on the bench behind AJ Feely or being thrown to the wolves before he is ready? With the potential rookie salary cap and structure expected in the near future, wouldn't it be better to get Campbell to lead the offense for a few years, offer it some stability, and draft a quaterback-of-the-future in upcoming drafts when the risk vs. reward will not be so high?
My hope is that the Rams--barring a trade down in the draft--use their first pick to draft either Suh or McCoy, who are both projected to be immediate starters and productive NFL players, and fill needs further in the draft--perhaps another McCoy. Even the most die-hard Rams fans can agree that the team has a long way to go. Acquiring Campbell and drafting more NFL ready players to fill out the team seems to me to be a more efficient and effective strategy for making the team better both now, and in the future.