In fact, if you believe National Football Post's Michael Lombardi, nearly a third of NFL franchises could stand an upgrade at the position. The Lions and Vikings top the list, obviously, but Lombardi also thinks the Redskins could be in the market for a new quarterback, if not this offseason, then in a year's time.
The 'Skins are going to live and die with their current quarterback, Jason Campbell, and have put the word out that they will not be players in the free-agent market. However, they will need to consider making this move and should do their homework before they dismiss the notion of a trade. Trust me on this, a year from now the 'Skins will be looking for a quarterback.Just to reiterate: the Redskins aren't interested in Cassel, although Lombardi thinks they should be. That's fine -- the offseason's all about speculation, anyway -- but I'm just not sold on Cassel as a legitimate NFL starter. He had a fantastic 2008 season, but there were mitigating circumstances. How do we know he's not the next Derek Anderson? Last offseason, I don't remember many people predicting that Anderson would follow up a Pro Bowl season with a spot-on Charlie Frye impression. And now look at him.
Whatever the future holds for Cassel, it sounds like he won't be in a Redskins uniform. It also sounds like that Campbell has one more year in Washington, regardless of how he plays next season. His contract is set to expire after 2009, and general manager Vinny Cerrato apparently isn't interested in discussing an extension.
No idea how this plays out, but I'll just mention this: midway through the season, when the 'Skins were 6-2, ESPN's Ron Jaworski pegged Campbell as his first-half MVP. Of the entire league. Then the wheels fell off. Still, if I'm running an NFL team and I need a quarterback, there's no way I'm taking Cassel over Campbell. But what do I know, I was shocked Brandon Lloyd and Adam Archuleta didn't work out in Washington. Definitely didn't see that coming.