Online wagering odds on the Oakland Raiders received a boost as the Raiders added former Washington Redskins starting quarterback Jason Campbell.
The Raiders biggest weakness was at quarterback and the addition of Campbell could make the Raiders a threat vs. the odds at online wagering companies.
Online wagering odds rarely favor the Raiders but perhaps that will chance in 2010 as the Raiders at least have a quarterback who has won some games in the NFL. The question is whether or not Campbell is good enough to lead the Raiders to the playoffs. He was not that great in Washington and lost his starting job when the Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb.
The Raiders added a year to Campbell’s contract. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2011. "I look at this as getting to start over," Campbell said to ESPN, "I talked to Mr. Davis, and he wanted me for two years. He wants me to help their team to a new level." Campbell is signed for $3.1 million this season.
Campbell wanted a chance to play somewhere and the Raiders are giving him that opportunity. "Had I stayed [in Washington], there was no guarantee I was going to be the backup. Now I have a chance to go play for a team that really wants me.” Campbell said. He will be competing with JaMarcus Russell for the starting job and it appears that he will easily win that competition. Oakland gave up a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft to the Redskins in the trade for Campbell.
Online wagering statistics indicate that Campbell has started 52 games in his career. He has 55 touchdowns, 38 interceptions and a career passer rating of 82.3. He did have a good season last year as he completed 64.5 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.4. Those numbers are far better than Russell who completed 48.8 percent of his passes, with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 31 career games, he has completed 52.1 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 15 lost fumbles and a 65.2 passer rating. Russell might not even make the Raiders as the team has Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller on the roster.
The Raiders normally don’t make good trades and whether this one for Campbell is a good one is in debate but it should help them in the short term vs. the odds at online wagering companies.