Brandon Weeden, meet your competition for the 2013 season:
The #Browns signed quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract— Dan Murphy (@DMurph_BrownsPR) March 27, 2013
Everyone should be familiar with Jason Campbell, who was originally a first-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins way back in 2005. He didn't become the team's starter until mid-way through the 2006 season. Campbell hasn't really been a bad quarterback during his NFL career. In fact, he has posted a pretty decent touchdown-interception ratio (76 touchdowns to 52 interceptions) between the Redskins, Raiders, and Bears. The issue is that he never stood out in an exceptional manner to take a team to the next level.
The 2012 season was the first time Campbell was officially labeled as a "backup quarterback," and if everything goes smoothly with the Cleveland Browns, that is what he will be here as well (by smooth, I mean that Weeden excels in this "competition"). Don't tell that to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, though:
Jason Campbell's deal with the Browns is for 2 years. Great spot for him. Could well be the opening day starter there— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 27, 2013
Here is a statement from Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski regarding the signing:
"Jason is an established leader who has started a number of games in this league and has had success. 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."
The person who might be on the way out after a signing like this is Colt McCoy. Entering the final year of his contract, McCoy is due $2.51 million this season. If released soon, he will only be owed $187,750.
What are your thoughts on the signing of Campbell? Does this reduce the chance of the Browns drafting a quarterback?