Free agent quarterback Jason Campbell has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Campbell, a 2005 first-round pick out of Auburn by the Washington Redskins, has completed 60.9 percent of 2,182 pass attempts for 14,682 yards with 76 touchdowns and 52 interceptions for a passer rating of 82.5 in 77 games with the Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears.
After spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Raiders, Campbell signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract to backup Jay Cutler with the Chicago Bears. Campbell started one of six games for the Bears, completing 32-of-51 pass attempts for 265 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Campbell was also sacked six times during his brief stint with the Bears.
The Browns have 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden at the top of their depth chart, but the 29-year-old will need to earn the starting job after completing 57.4 percent of his pass attempts for 3,385 yards with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 15 games. The Browns also have 2010 third-round pick Colt McCoy, whose playing time in his first two seasons in the NFL increased his 2013 base salary to $1.5 million dollars, and Thaddeus Lewis, who made his NFL debut when started the 2012 regular season finale for the Browns.
In addition to Weeden, McCoy and, now, Campbell, the Browns will also work out West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who could be an option for the Browns, who have the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Campbell’s free agency defection also creates a hole behind Cutler on the Bears’ roster. The only other quarterback the Bears have under contract is Matt Blanchard, an undrafted free agent who spent most of 2012 on Chicago’s practice squad.