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Campbell’s arrival in Oakland could lead to Russell’s dismissal

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By Dan Parr

It wasn't a blockbuster deal, but the Raiders' decision to trade for QB Jason Campbell could have some major ramifications.

Campbell, who was acquired at the very affordable price of a 2012 fourth-round pick, said he will start on his new team, which would mean the battle between Bruce Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell ended before it began, and both of them lost. Head coach Tom Cable said he has not named a starter, though, and plans on holding a five-man competition — he's including Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye in the battle, although they have no chance to win the job.

There's already talk that Campbell's arrival could mean the end of Russell's career in Oakland unless he agrees to a pay cut. Russell is set to make $9.45 million in 2010, and $3 million is guaranteed, even if he's released. The underachieving former No. 1 overall pick has not shown any interest in agreeing to a slashed salary.

Dysfunction in Oakland would be nothing new, but does Cable really want to go through an offseason and training camp with five people competing to become the starting quarterback? That's a big distraction the team doesn't need.


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