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Rumors swirl of Jason Campbell trade

Rumors of trades and free-agent signings abound every year at the NFL scouting combine, but most years the sports writers at the combine don’t share those rumors with their readers until they move out of the “rumor” category and actually become news.

So it was a little surprising (and refreshing) to read Jason Reid of the Washington Post write today about a rumor that he and Jason La Canfora of NFL Network “both were busy checking out” in Indianapolis.

Reid writes that the rumor is that the Redskins would send quarterback Jason Campbell to the Buffalo Bills for safety Donte Whitner and a draft pick.

The rumor isn’t actually likely to come to fruition, and the Redskins are indicating publicly that they plan to bring Campbell back. Still, Reid writes that he wouldn’t be surprised if Campbell isn’t back with the Redskins in 2010.

Campbell becomes a restricted free agent next week, and the Redskins are expected to tender him an offer of $3.268 million, which would entitle them to first- and third-round draft picks as compensation if he signs elsewhere.