Jason Campbell’s contract for two years $3.75 million

The cost of taking a chance on Jason Campbell is now known. Many outlets have reported that the Browns’ two-year deal with Campbell is worth $3.75 million. According to Sportrac, the deal is for $1.5 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in 2014.

Far be it for me to call millions of dollars a “cheap deal,” but that’s exactly what this is. Campbell’s previous deal with the Chicago Bears was for one year and $3.5 million. He made $3.1 million in 2010 and $4.5 million in 2011. The Bears reportedly wanted Campbell back and he is rumored to have left a bit of cash on the table in order to choose the Browns and a chance to unseat the current #1 quarterback.

No juicy contract details to break down here like we’ve had an opportunity to do with other Joe Banner deals thus far. Campbell is a guy who needed an opportunity and the Browns presumably told him he’d have a chance to compete for the job. If he wins the job and plays well, it will be an amazingly efficient signing for the Browns at two years and $3.75 million.

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  • mgbode

    did he leave money on the table for the chance to start or the chance to live just in case he ever does start?

  • when the browns sign jay cutler next year… irony!

  • Sam

    more like…coincidence!

  • Good point.
    Either way, it is nice to see someone “betting on themselves.” I was surprised when some other backups around the league (Matt Moore in particular) re-upped with their current franchises to be backups when they might have legitimately had chances to be starters elsewhere. They weren’t willing to bet on themselves to win a starting job.
    I think its a good sign because Campbell is going to work his tail off to unseat Weeden – can only be a good thing!