Raiders trade for Campbell
QB deal may put pinch on Russell
The Raiders made the big trade for a quarterback that had been rumored for much of the offseason, acquiring former first-round pick Jason Campbell yesterday from Washington.
The teams agreed on the final day of the draft for a 2012 fourth-round pick, possibly signaling the end of JaMarcus Russell’s tenure in Oakland.
Campbell previously signed a restricted free agent tender that pays him $3.14 million this season. He agreed to a $4.5 million extension for 2011, a person with knowledge of the deal told the AP on condition of anonymity because the extension had not been announced.
The Raiders had been linked this offseason to possible deals for Donovan McNabb and Ben Roethlisberger. But the trade that finally materialized was for Campbell, who became expendable when the Redskins got McNabb from Philadelphia earlier this month.
Campbell talked with owner Al Davis, coach Tom Cable, and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson after the deal was made and feels like he will be the starter this season.
“We can do some good things together,’’ he told NFL Network. “I see they’re putting together a good draft. They’re putting together a defense that has been outstanding. Last year their defense started to become one of the premier defenses in the league. If we can help out offensively and turn some things around anything is possible.’’
The Raiders had been looking for an upgrade at quarterback after former No. 1 overall pick Russell was benched midway through last season.
New York traded up to get Southern Cal running back Joe McKnight, dealt the versatile Leon Washington to Seattle, then cut nine-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca.
“I think the team knows that we’re driven to win a championship here and that we’re not wanting to be complacent,’’ coach Rex Ryan said. “We kept the nucleus of our football team. We did lose some excellent football players, but we’ve added a lot of tremendous players.’’
Washington, coming off a broken right leg, was made expendable when the Jets moved up and acquired Carolina’s fourth-round pick (No. 112). New York took McKnight, quarterback Mark Sanchez’s college teammate, with the pick, and sent its fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder to the Panthers.
Shortly after drafting McKnight, the Jets traded Washington to Seattle, along with a seventh-rounder, for the Seahawks’ fifth-rounder. New York selected Kentucky fullback John Conner with that pick.
The move to cut Faneca was somewhat surprising because he was one of the leaders of a unit that paved the way for the league’s top-rushing offense. Faneca is owed $5.2 million in guaranteed salary this year. His age (33) and slip in production were also likely factors in him being cut.
The Jets are also converting former No. 1 draft pick Vernon Gholston into a defensive end after two disappointing years at outside linebacker. Gholston was the sixth overall pick in 2008 but failed to become the impact player the Jets envisioned.
In addition to dealing for Washington, Carroll traded with Tennessee to get his former Southern Cal running back, LenDale White, a burly, fading star who lost his Titans job last season to record-setting runner Chris Johnson.
“Just a great 1-2 punch to add to our team,’’ Carroll said. “We’re real excited about Leon Washington. Our guys loved him.’’
Veteran Julius Jones led the Seahawks last season with just 663 yards rushing. By the end of the year, 2008 seventh-round pick Justin Forsett had supplanted Jones as Seattle’s preferred runner and pass receiver out of the backfield.
Roethlisberger does not plan to hold a news conference. He is barred from taking part in any Steelers activities until he has undergone the behavioral evaluation ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Steelers reacquired cornerback Bryant McFadden, who started for Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl-winning team in the 2008 season, then signed with Arizona as a free agent.
The Browns selected McCoy in the third round, nabbing him after he slid to the No. 85 overall pick. Although Cleveland fans may already be clamoring to see McCoy play, Holmgren cautions that it would be a mistake to put him on the field before he’s ready.
Cleveland signed free agent Jake Delhomme during the offseason as its starter and acquired Seneca Wallace from Seattle to be his backup.
Rolle returned in mid-December to start preparing for his return to football at the Senior Bowl in January and the combine in February. He finished his undergraduate degree in premed in 2 1/2 years.
Coughlin said he expects Feagles to decide next week and would be surprised if the punter decides to play. The Giants drafted East Carolina punter Matt Dodge in the seventh round.
It was the first time since 2005 that the Buckeyes did not have a player drafted in the first round, and it was the first time since 1998 that no Buckeyes went in the first three rounds.
The first Ohio State player drafted was defensive end/linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, who went in the fourth round to the Steelers with pick No. 116. The other three Ohio State players went at the end of the seventh round with compensatory picks.