NFL News: Cleveland Browns sign QB Jason Campbell

The Browns have said they wanted competition at the quarterback position. On Tuesday night they acquired Weeden’s competition-

Campbell is 31 years old and a veteran of three NFL teams. He played in Chicago last season.

From the Browns-

“Jason is an established leader who has started a number of games in this league and has had success,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He brings us a veteran presence and a good set of physical tools. He played in a similar system when he was in Oakland and that will help in his transition.”

“We are excited to have Jason as a member the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “He is a veteran player who has been productive throughout his career and will be a good addition to our team.”

From Rotoworld.com

“Good night, Colt McCoy? Campbell joins McCoy and Brandon Weeden at quarterback, and will likely force McCoy off the roster. The Browns have been admittedly open to dealing either of their top two quarterbacks, but it’s extremely doubtful new coach Rob Chudzinski would feel comfortable with just McCoy and Campbell. Campbell was a disaster in his lone start of 2012, but was contending with a ferocious 49ers’ pass rush behind a pathetic offensive line. Going on 32, Campbell’s elongated motion makes him a tough sell as a starter, but he’s one of the league’s better backups. It’s within the realm of possibility he’ll get on the field this season.”

With Cambell’s experience, I would stipulate that Rotoworld is correct. I can’t imagine McCoy sticking with the Browns this season.

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  • Jaker

    QB controversy! Tradition continues! Polish off those #2 jerseys!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I like this move… Campbell is a serviceable backup, the offense is a good fit for him, and he’s a guy who can both push Weeden by giving him competition and can be a teacher for him.

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

    Same age…ish

  • dwms

    you got a real qb, use dp picks wisely

  • King Me

    Ladies and gentlemen, your Cleveland Browns. For better or for worse.

  • StrangerMgee

    If this is for “quarterback competition” then I hope to football god that Weeden beats out Campbell in training camp. Otherwise, were all going be on depression pills 4evers!

  • mgbode

    if weeden cannot beat out 31yo Campbell, then he wasn’t the answer anyway

  • mgbode

    if we were going to sign Alex Smith, then at least we didn’t give up draft picks for him 🙂

  • TSR3000

    Ppl will overreact. This is not a big deal. Our Defense and our running game come first. If Weeden loses the job then we need a QB. Nothing new.

  • Art Vandelay

    I always felt Campbell never got a real shot in the NFL, 5 offensive coordinators in 5 years with the Redskins, thats makes it tough for any QB to succeed. If anyone remembers he wasn’t having a bad season in Oakland before he got his injured and the Raiders sold the house to get Carson Palmer. I’m on board with giving Weeden another year, but this is a good pick up for the Brownies, always have been a bit of a fan of Jason Campbell.

  • Agreed on all counts.

  • zonk


  • Natedawg86

    Dang, I have McCoy and Cribbs jerseys…hopefully the next #12/#16 is cool.

  • i also agree with this .. mostly. i do remember that raiders season and while it was _horrible_, i found him exasperating to watch. one week he’s peyton manning; the next week he’s throwing picks and taking sacks.

    he definitely had (has?) the potential.

  • Big Z

    Hopefully this means the end of Colt McCoy in CLE.

  • Vindictive_Pat


  • Garry_Owen

    I love this selling line: “He has started a number of games.”

  • maxfnmloans

    Hopefully this isn’t worth getting anyone’s teat in a twist over because Weeden will show progress, beat him out, and stay healthy, which means he will not play. If he sees significant playing time we will know two things: we will draft a QB in 2014, and Weeden isn’t “the man”…so either we have an improved record in 2013, or we have our answers and will be able to plan accordingly….win-win


    I’ve actually always kind of liked Campbell. Obviously he’s not a long term answer and the optimist in me is hoping he pushes Weeden but doesn’t supplant him, but we could certainly do worse for a backup QB. I guess the best news resulting from this signing means we aren’t likely to take a QB with one of our first couple picks in the draft.

  • BenRM


  • RGB

    Could’ve been worse…*cough, cough*…Derek Anderson…*cough, cough*…

  • sg

    is this a joke? seriously.