The Oakland Raiders are done waiting on JaMarcus Russell and are just done with Kirk Morrison.
After drafting Rolando McClain in the first round it became apparent that Morrison’s time in the East Bay was limited. The Raiders traded Morrison to the Jacksonville Jaguars today and used the draft pick they acquired to select Clemson speedster Jacoby Ford. It is the second time this week that two teams have had dealings.
Not too long after moving Morrison, Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders had finalized a deal to acquire Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell.
The Raiders gave up a 4th round pick in 2012 for Campbell and then promptly extended his contract by a year meaning Jason will be in Oakland for the next two seasons.
Campbell’s arrival would all but indicate that the organization is done waiting for JaMarcus Russell to be cured of his lethargy addiction. With Bruce Gradkowski’s recent weight room injury, it was clear that the Raiders needed an insurance policy at quarterback.
While many have written off the former first round pick out of Auburn, Campbell has improved every year despite having to learn a new offense in each of his 5 seasons in DC. Campbell has the big arm Al Davis covets and possesses the accuracy that JaMarcus doesn’t.
Jason isn’t the only new Campbell in Oakland. The Raiders picked Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell in the fourth round. There was little surprise in the selection as many viewed the workout warrior from Maryland as the ideal type of athlete Al Davis loves on his roster.
A big thank you goes out to Morrison for playing the game with passion and pride over the years. The Oakland native lived out his childhood dream by suiting up for the Silver and Black on Sundays. While his play was inconsistent at times, he routinely played through injuries and was a fixture in the middle of the defense from the moment he arrived in the East Bay. Best of luck in Jacksonville Captain Kirk!