Said one: "(Drew) Brees is going to re-sign. So is (Alex) Smith. There's only one Peyton (Manning) to go around, and just one Flynn out there. That doesn't leave a lot. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think (Campbell) will get some interest. Maybe not a ton, but he'll have some people calling."
Granted, there are perhaps only four or five franchises looking to make a switch at starting quarterback. But for a club that perhaps requires a "bridge" starter to its quarterback of the future, Campbell might be an option.
The seven-year veteran has 70 starts on his resume, and is only 30 years old, still young by quarterback standards in the league. He is coming off a broken collarbone that limited him to six starts in 2011 with Oakland, and precipitated the Raiders' trade for Carson Palmer, but has been deemed healthy and ready to go.
Campbell might take a one- or two-year deal from someone, at a fairly palatable price, for a chance to play. The new Oakland football regime of general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen has declared Palmer the unchallenged starter for ‘12, so there is virtually no way Campbell is going to stick around.
HARD TO GET IN THE HALL
Former Tampa Bay weak-side linebacker Derrick Brooks, not only one of the NFL's top defenders during his 14-year career with the Bucs but one of its most gracious players, isn't eligible for Hall of Fame consideration until 2014. But, while Brooks is taking nothing for granted about his possible candidacy, he has already started to make sure he fully understands the process and the mechanics of the voting.
Brooks told The Sports Xchange last week that a few years ago, when it was obvious that his league tenure was over, he began to educate himself on the Hall of Fame and how the process works. He asked the late Tom McEwen, the former Tampa Tribune columnist who was a responsible as anyone for the Tampa landing a franchise, for some guidance. And he even had dinner with McEwen and Hall of Fame selector to ask questions about the voting procedure.
Brooks dragged along two teammates and fellow Hall of Fame potential members, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and safety John Lynch (both eligible in 2013), to the dinner so that they might better comprehend the process.
Said Brooks last week: "It gave me more appreciation for the whole thing. I'm not going to presume anything. It's a hard job."
The breakdown: Fourth-rounders scored 11 points, five by New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski and six by Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Seventh-round tailback Ahmad Bradshaw had six points. Undrafted free agents accounted for 19 points, six each by Pats tailback Danny Woodhead and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, and seven by New York kicker Lawrence Tynes. And, of course, the safety that opened the scoring was charged the quarterback Tom Brady of New England, a onetime sixth-round choice. Between the two teams, 11 undrafted college free agents started the game.