New QB deal helps Jason Campbell

Jason Campbell finally got a dose of some good luck.

And he needed it.

Campbell stepped up in line in the 2012 free agency class Friday when Buffalo extended the deal of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the extension is worth $59 million over six years, including $24 million in guaranteed money. Campbell is now the top quarterback available in free agency next year.

Expect him to take advantage of it and sign a nice deal elsewhere.

Seeing Campbell out of Oakland in 2012 seemed highly unlikely two weeks ago. But after a whirlwind, it is almost a certainty Campbell will be gone next year. Campbell, 29, broke his collarbone Oct. 16. Two days later, the Raiders changed direction at quarterback by giving up two premiums picks to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer. He is under contract in Oakland through 2014.

Because of the picks and the guaranteed money Oakland owes Palmer, it is almost impossible to think the Raiders will go back to Campbell. He has already said he sees himself as a starting quarterback and he is not interested in being a backup.

So, expect Campbell to be happy to see Fitzpatrick sign, opening the way for Campbell to go elsewhere.

Does Campbell, who made steady strides this year, have a future in the AFC West? Denver is the only team in the division that could look for a starter if Tim Tebow fails to impress. But Denver could look to address the position in the draft.