Bears sign quarterback Jason Campbell

QB Jason Campbell (Kirby Lee/USP)

The Bears have found an experienced signal caller to backup Jay Cutler next season. Chicago has signed seven-year veteran QB Jason Campbell to a one-year deal.

The Chicago Bears announced today the team has to terms on a one-year deal with quarterback Jason Campbell.

Campbell is a seven-year veteran. He spent his first four NFL seasons in Washington and the past two in Oakland. He has started 70 games in his career, completing 1,296 of 2,131 passing attempts (60.8 percent) for 14,417 yards, 74 touchdowns and 50 interceptions for a 82.8 passer rating.

A first round selection (25th overall) of the Redskins in the 2005 NFL Draft, Campbell has added 1,068 rushing yards on 218 attempts (4.9 ypc) with six touchdowns.


QB Jason Campbell
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Campbell was the starter for the Raiders last year but was lost after six games due to a broken collarbone. When Oakland traded for Carson Palmer shortly thereafter, it made Campbell expendable.

This is an interesting move on Campbell's part, as he likely could have found an opportunity to challenge for a starting position elsewhere. He's still good enough to be a starter in this league.

For the Bears, this is a great addition. Campbell is a good quarterback with experience under center. If Jay Cutler goes down with injury next year, Campbell will be able to carry the offense. One can argue, had the club had him on the roster last season, they would have played more than 16 games.

Campbell is a savvy veteran that provides Chicago the type of insurance it needs at the most crucial position in the game.

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