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Campbell likely to remain a Redskin thorough 2010

Campbell likely to remain a Redskin thorough 2010

It's becoming likely that Campbell will remain beyond 2009

Jason Campbell may not have the opportunity to bolt from the Redskins should he have a big 2009 season after all.

The fact that Campbell's contract runs out after this year is one of the story lines that has wound its way through the offseason and right up until now. This would set up a nightmare scenario for the Redskins and their fans. If he catches on in his second year in Jim Zorn's system and has a big year he will be a hot commodity. His rookie contract is up. Under the current rules he would be an unrestricted free agent.

And there are many who think that if that happens, Campbell would take a look at what happened this past offseason with team lusting after other quarterbacks and extend a middle finger, perhaps two, to any contract offer that the Redskins may put on the table and put Redskins Park forever in his rear view mirror. That would leave the Redskins—again—starting from scratch at quarterback.

However, it looks more and more like Campbell will not be an unrestricted free agent in 2010.

The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, has told players to prepare for a lockout in 2011. Ethan Albright, the Redskins player representative to the union, has cautioned players to save up some money to get ready for labor war.

All of that is two years away and there is plenty of time to fret over it. The more immediate impact of an impending labor situation comes at the end of this season. If there is no new agreement there will be no salary cap in 2010.

That may or may not be the bonanza for players that it seems to be at first glance. Among the poison pills that would drop in 2010 should there be no cap is a change that will require six years of NFL service to be an unrestricted free agent instead of the current four.

At the end of this season Campbell will have five seasons under his belt. Although his contract will be up he will be a restricted free agent. That means that if he gets an offer from another team the Redskins will have the opportunity to match it. If they choose not to match they will receive draft picks as compensation. That would be based on how much they offer Campbell in a one-year deal but it likely would be at least a first-round pick.

In short, he will remain under the Redskins' control. In the past another team could construct an offer that would be very difficult for the Redskins to match since they're always pressed up against the salary cap. But, under this scenario, there would be no cap and it's difficult to imagine Dan Snyder not finding a way to match if the team wants to keep him.

This still is an important year for Campbell. He's going into his fifth season and if he is going to establish himself as a solid quarterback this is the year. And the Redskins still will have to make some important decisions involving Campbell come next February.

But, given the labor situation, the chances of the Redskins' nightmare scenario with Campbell having a breakout year and then packing up the moving van and letting another team reap what the Redskins took so long to sow.

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Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 3, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.


Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 8; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 21

Injuries of note:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Resetting the playoff odds

The Redskins start their stretch drive to the playoffs tomorrow. The will play five games in 29 days. After that, they will have either earned the right to keep playing or will they go home.

Let’s get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and look at the various possibilities of the finish to the season and spread out the chips based on how likely each scenario is. As always, you are welcome to jump into the comments if you agree or disagree.

Win NFC East, $0—This might be worth a buck or two but this place doesn’t have any chips smaller than $5 and it’s not worth investing even that much in the chance of this happening. The scenario would have to be the Redskins winning out, the Cowboys losing out, and the Giants losing at least two more games. I’d put something on the first scenario and a few chips on the last one but no way is Dallas going 0-4. Keeping my chips in my pocket on this one.

Wild card as No. 5 seed, $40—To do this the Redskins would have to stay ahead of the wild card contenders behind them (see next scenario) and make up a game and a half on the Giants. They play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins would have to make up one game between now and then and they could then determine their status on January 1 at FedEx Field. The Giants go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and host Dallas a week after that so we will see how that looks in a couple of weeks. As of now, the No. 6 seed would go to Detroit for the first round of the playoffs while the No. 5 would play the Falcons in Atlanta. That, of course, is subject to change.

Wild card as No. 6 seed, $35—I think getting the five seed is slightly more likely than getting the six since I think the Giants are a mirage. But even if New York keeps it going, the Redskins can clinch a spot by running the table in their last five games. That would make them 11-4-1 and no other wild card contender could catch them. If they win four of five, only the Bucs can catch them and it would take a 5-0 finish for Tampa Bay. Winning three of five still gives them a good shot at getting in although at that point you are also opening the door for the Vikings, Saints, Packers, and Eagles to catch fire and jump ahead of them.

Out of playoffs, $25—I might be putting a little too much here but it’s the NFL and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Redskins could finish 2-3 and miss out altogether. Their margin for error is slim and an injury here and a bad break there could have them on the outside looking in.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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