Jason Campbell will make his 52nd start when the Washington Redskins wrap up their season at San Diego on Sunday.
But as a regime change remains imminent, the question of where Campbell makes his 53rd start - with the Redskins or for another team - remains a question mark.
“Whatever happens is going to happen, and I’ll be ready for any situation, whether it’s here or someplace else,” he said Wednesday at Redskin Park. “My first and foremost thing is using the offseason to get healthy.”
Campbell will be a restricted free agent this offseason if there is no salary cap. He has posted career highs in passing yards (3,337), touchdowns (18), interceptions (15) and completion percentage (64.3).
Especially in recent weeks, Campbell has looked beaten down, a product of taking 41 sacks and getting pounded into the turf countless more times.
“I’m just pretty much sore all over,” he said. “It’s a lot of hits lately, but at the same time, I’m just trying to keep pushing forward and get through this last week.”
Coach Jim Zorn said Campbell continues to improve but stopped short of saying he’s a franchise quarterback.
“A lot of people want to label every quarterback - ‘He has to be a franchise player,’ ” Zorn said. “I don’t know if that’s where he’s at. I don’t think it is. But he just continues to improve as a starting quarterback in this league.”
Zorn said he believes Campbell can excel in the right situation.
“The way he works, his grit, his determination - he can,” Zorn said. “But in every instance, the quarterbacks all have help from other guys. So that remains to be seen.”
Middle linebacker London Fletcher again was overlooked for the Pro Bowl when the rosters were announced Tuesday. But as a first alternate, he hasn’t given up on the possibility of playing in the Jan. 31 game.
“I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily disappointed - if you get caught up in what you don’t have, then you lose sight of what you do have,” he said. “I’m still considered one of the top middle linebackers in the game.”
San Francisco’s Patrick Willis and New Orleans’ Jonathan Vilma were chosen. If the Saints reach the Super Bowl, Fletcher would replace Vilma in the Pro Bowl.
“I’m a huge New Orleans fan,” Fletcher said. “I sent [Saints defensive coordinator] Gregg Williams a text: ‘Congratulations Vilma, Go Saints!’ … I don’t care how I get in. They’ll introduce me as Pro Bowl linebacker London Fletcher. You won’t say, ‘He’s a replacement Pro Bowl player.’ ”View Entire Story
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