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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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Senior Bowl Preview: All eyes on the quarterbacks as Redskins must consider options

Senior Bowl Preview: All eyes on the quarterbacks as Redskins must consider options

MOBILE — Kirk Cousins remains the best option to be the Redskins quarterback of the future, but that future isn't very secure. For the past two seasons, Washington has been unable to get a long-term deal done with Cousins and optimism is low heading into the 2018 negotiating period. 

At this point, after consecutive franchise tags, it might be time for the Redskins to look at options beyond Cousins. Colt McCoy is under contract for 2018, and head coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly voiced confidence in the famed Texas product. 

Big picture, however, the Redskins need to find their QB for 2018, and beyond. Perhaps that will be Cousins, but it's time for serious due diligence. 

That means the Washington contingent heading to Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl needs to be watching the quarterbacks. And there's a lot to watch. 

Senior Bowl rosters are loaded with future NFL talent at all different positions. NBC Sports will have much more on that later in the week, but to kick things off, start with the passers. 

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  • 1) Baker Mayfield - Nobody will have a brighter light on them in Mobile than Mayfield. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner made big splashes on the field for Oklahoma, posting video game numbers. He threw for more than 4,600 yards in 14 games to go with 43 touchdowns against only six interceptions. He completed a crazy 70 percent of his throws, which is very high for a college passer. There was some off-field immaturity, and a February 2017 arrest, but those issues aren't expected to cause him to slide in the draft. A number of draft experts predict Washington drafting Mayfield with the 13th overall pick, but there will be plenty of teams ahead of the Redskins that need a passer. Mobile will give the Redskins brass a chance to meet and learn who Mayfield is off the field, and that will be vitally important, along with figuring out if there are reasons to be concerned about his height on the pro football level. 
  • 2)  Josh Allen - Big arm and traditional pocket passer, Allen will ace the eyeball test from talent evaluators. His 2017 numbers from Wyoming will not, however, and he will need a strong showing at pre-draft workouts. Mel Kiper suggested Allen could go as high as No. 1 overall, and at 6-foot-5, 230 lbs., there is clearly not a lack of physical talent. In his last two seasons at Wyoming, Allen threw for more than 5,000 yards along with 44 TDs against 21 INTs. Don't try too hard to compare Mayfield and Allen's stats, as comparing the talent and situations at Oklahoma and Wyoming are wildy different. Many NFL scouts love Allen, but some worry about his accuracy. In college, he completed just 56 percent of his passes. He may be a boom or bust type pick, but after the success of Carson Wentz coming out of North Dakota State, teams will be more willing to roll the dice on the Wyoming Cowboy in Allen. 
  • 3) Mason Rudolph - Upstaged by Mayfield's success at Oklahoma, Rudolph put together a terrific season of his own at Oklahoma State. A prolific passer for three seasons in Stillwater, as a senior, Rudolph tossed 37 TDs against nine interceptions along with nearly 5,000 passing yards. At 6-foot-5, Rudolph faces no questions about NFL size, and he certainly has a strong enough arm to play in the pros. Rudolph won't be practicing at the Senior Bowl but is expected to interview with NFL teams. Redskins coach Jay Gruden has said before the interviews are arguably the most important part of the pre-draft process, and this could be a big meeting. Rudolph isn't expected to go quite as high as Allen or Mayfield, and could even be drafted in the back half of the first round. 

There will be other quarterbacks playing in Mobile, including Washington State's Luke Falk, Nebraska's Tanner Lee, Virginia's Kurt Benkert, Troy's Brandon Silvers, Western Kentucky's Mike White and Kyle Lauletta of the University of Richmond. There is some intrigue surrounding Lauletta and White, especially as small school QBs continue to thrive in the NFL and both passers have NFL size and play best from the pocket. Not for nothing, Bruce Allen played football at Richmond too. 

It's a little weird that both Allen and Mayfield are on the same team, splitting reps in practice and snaps in the game. Then again Allen might not even play, so it could be irrelevant. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the week for updates from the Senior Bowl. 

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.