If the Redskins succeed in trading up from the 13th pick to take Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez in the first round of this weekend’s NFL draft, they might be able to trade their current starter, Jason Campbell, to the New York Jets.
The Jets, who are also interested in Sanchez, currently own the 17th choice. A Jets source said on Thursday that they would be interested in acquiring Campbell if they lose out in the Sanchez sweepstakes. Brett Favre retired after last season, leaving the Jets with the inexperienced trio of Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge as their quarterbacks.
Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell told The Associated Press that the Seahawks won’t choose Sanchez with the fourth pick. However, there are reports that the St. Louis Rams (No. 2) or the Cleveland Browns (No. 5) could take him.
The Redskins tried to replace Campell earlier this month with Jay Cutler before the Denver Broncos opted to trade him to the Chicago Bears instead. Campbell is in the final year of his contract and having the Redskins trade up for his heir apparent could well make for an uncomfortable situation.
Dealing Campbell to the Jets would also allow the Redskins to get something for him rather than have him leave as a free agent in March.
The Jets gave the Redskins a sixth-round selection for quarterback Patrick Ramsey (75.0 passer rating in 33 games, 24 starts) in 2006, but he was going to be the backup to Chad Pennington, not the starter.
Campbell has a 80.4 rating in 36 starts, but two of his seven starts with a rating below 61.0 came against New York in 2007 and against new Jets coach Rex Ryan’s Baltimore Ravens defense in 2008.
— David Elfin