Well, that didn’t take long. After just two weeks, Jason Campbell has reportedly been replaced as the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Apparently head coach Tom Cable has decided to go with Gradkowski over Campbell, who arrived this offseason via trade. The Raiders sent the Washington Redskins a 2012 fourth round draft pick to get Campbell, and now it appears he might be done in Oakland.
Cable doesn’t seem like the kind of coach who will go back once he makes a decision and has stated that there isn’t going to be a quarterback controversy. Cable said “I’ll make a good decision, the right decision, and we’ll go from there.”
So yeah, if Cable is picking Gradkowski, it would appear that Jason Campbell’s time in Oakland could be coming to an end.
This is a strange twist in a weird story. As we all know, the Raiders selected JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Since then, they’ve struggled as Russell became arguably the biggest bust in NFL Draft history. The trade for Campbell was at least supposed to provide some kind of consistency at the quarterback position for the Raiders. Obviously that hasn’t happened.
By picking Gradkowski, who isn’t exactly anything to get excited about, the Raiders may be setting themselves up for another high pick in the 2011 draft. One that should be flush with talented quarterbacks.
With Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker looking as if they’ll all be available, could the Raiders be setting themselves up to get locked into another huge contract with a young quarterback?