Now that we have our franchise QB for the next 12+ years, it seems this offseason there has been a lot of talk in finding Cam’s backup that will best keep offensive continuity if we lost Cam to injury. Some people have made the case for using a late round draft pick on a guy like Russell Wilson; others have stated they would like to see a Free Agent like Dennis Dixon or Josh Johnson. The thinking behind getting one of these guys is that they are low risk acquisitions and have the athletic ability to step into our offense and be able to run the spread option type plays we grew to love so much this year. I would like to add another guy to this list that I hope Chud, Rivera, and Hurney take a look at this offseason, Jason Campbell.
Campbell is an UFA and after Oakland gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick to get Palmer I don’t believe they are thinking about re-signing Campbell. Compared to the three QBs mentioned above Campbell is not quite as athletic, but he does have 3 seasons with at least 200+ rushing yards. He is also older than the other three (just turned 30), it could also be a plus having a more experienced QB around while Cam develops. The main reason I would want Campbell is because I believe he is a much better passer than any other athletic QB available. Guys like Wilson, Dixon, and Johnson would be able utilize some of the designed QB running and option plays; I am just scared if Cam were to go to for a couple of games our offensive would resemble this year’s Denver Broncos offense with Tebow. The main identify of our offense is the aggressive "Air Coryell" which attacks the defense down-field through the air. Campbell has the arm strength, proven QB ability, and knowledge of the system that If Cam were to go down for a game or two our passing offense would not change too much. Obviously we would lose a lot of mobility from our QB in running the ball, but with two All-Pro talent RBs they should be able to handle that piece of the offense.
It is possible that Campbell is offered starter type money and/or a starting job by another team, and if that is the case I would say that the Panthers shouldn’t get into the bidding. However, if he can be brought in making backup QB money this is an avenue the Panthers should at least explore.
As this is the offseason I am just thinking out loud about how to make our team better, what do you guys think about the idea and do you have any other backup QB ideas?