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Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:50 am
Posted by Will Brinson

When Carson Palmer was traded from the Bengals to the Raiders, we made the argument that the biggest loser in the whole deal was Oakland incumbent Jason Campbell. After all, Hue Jackson's decision to make a play for Palmer essentially sealed Campbell's future by the bay.

Cementing that theory, then, is the news that Campbell found out about the Palmer trade while watching television. In his hospital bed. With his fiancée.

"I was halfway still on pain medicine," Campbell told Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game. "It was kind of a moment of silence. My fiancée looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. There's different things that go through your mind but you don't want to fill your mind with those thoughts."

Can you imagine how awkward that is? I mean, Campbell's a professional athlete and he's been through a couple Redskins regimes, so the guy knows a thing or two about getting punched in the stomach by a front office.

But the anesthesia on his broken collarbone hadn't even worn off before the Raiders had hauled him out behind the house and thrown his Oakland career in the (metaphorical) dumpster ... without giving him a heads up. And letting him find out in front of his lady.

"I started receiving these text messages and everything about, you know, 'Hey what's going on?' and 'There's been a trade' and everything, and 'They've just given up a first round,' " Campbell said.

Look, the NFL is a cold business. This stuff happens a lot and the Raiders aren't supposed to be sending flowers -- they're supposed to be doing everything in their power to improve their team.

It's just that Campbell, more than most players, has been on the icy receiving end of things over his career and you'd think they could at least give him a heads up that they were calling the dogs off on his career in Oakland.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:52 am

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

Maybe? just maybe? Campbell should have done something on the field so this wouldn't happen. Campbeel had his shot and he missed, Don't cry about it.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:01 am

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

The Raiders organization and coach Jackson owed him a phone call, this was a classless move...Palmer sucked game one...karma.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:31 am

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

Campbell has nothing to worry about, Palmer is not going to pull it off!!!

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 9:01 pm

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

The only difference here is, nobodys talking about every day life, and what happens all the time to the general public. This is an NFL article. The point is that Jason Campbell, despite all of his criticism over the years, has lead the Oakland Raiders to their first 4-2 start since being in the super bowl back in 2002 and the least they could have done to show him a little respect is inform him before they did the press.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:39 pm

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

How many everyday people lose their job...and then lose all their possssions shortly after?  I really don't see the drama in this. He is a free agent after he recovers from his injury, and he is STILL getting his MILLIONS this year. Should Oakland just stop trying to win for the rest of the year because their free agent to be Quarterback is not playing the rest of the season? Was Campbell guaranteed to be their starting QB next year prior to this trade?  If the answer is NO...then whats the big deal?

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:00 pm

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

Yeah, Al was as classy as they come...
Jason Campbell is lucky he's been a starting QB in the NFL for as long as he has. The guy's made a lot of money and has had a decent career but the bottom line is that he's not a franchise quarterback.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:34 am

Campbell found out about Palmer trade on TV

Gosh thats friggin tough. In front of your girl?? Wow show some class Oakland...somewhere AL Davis is shaking his head

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