Thursday, March 28, 2013
Campbell sees irony in signing with Browns
By Jamison Hensley
Jason Campbell was having one of his strongest seasons as a starting quarterback in 2011, when he led the Oakland Raiders to a 4-2 record. He then broke his collarbone and found himself on the way out after the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer.
His career has certainly come full circle when he signed a two-year, $3.75 million deal with the Cleveland Browns this week. He not only gets his first chance to compete for a starting job since the injury but he joins the team that broke his collarbone.
"That is definitely something I thought about when I signed," said Campbell, who was hurt on a tackle by Browns linebackers Scott Fujita and Chris Gocong. "How ironic is that?"
Chief executive officer Joe Banner told ESPN Radio in Cleveland that Brandon Weeden will come into minicamp as the starter but Campbell will get a chance to compete.
"I want to help them in any way possible," Campbell said in a conference call Thursday. "There is nothing that is promised or been said or written."
Originally a first-round pick by the Washington Redskins, Campbell went 11-7 as a starter for the Raiders for two seasons before getting injured. He spent last season as a backup for Jay Cutler in Chicago.
Campbell, though, feels he can be a starter again.
"I still believe I can play that position," he said. "I definitely feel like I can play at a high level."