Browns sign veteran QB Jason Campbell
The last time the Browns got up close and personal with new quarterback Jason Campbell, they were busy breaking his collarbone and ending his exciting start with the Raiders in a 24-17 Oakland victory in 2011. At that point, Campbell had the Raiders at 4-2, and folks were talking about how sensational he was. But the broken clavicle, suffered on a crunching hit by Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita, ended his season -- and his starting job with the Raiders. Now, the Browns will see if Campbell can revive his starting career once again in Cleveland. They signed Campbell, 31, to a two-year contract Tuesday night to provide the competition they've been seeking for incumbent Brandon Weeden. What this means for the future of Weeden, and backups Colt McCoy and Thad Lewis is anyone's guess at this point. What's more, the Browns are still scouring the college ranks for a quarterback in anticipation of next month's NFL draft, and will conduct a private workout soon with West Virginia's Geno Smith. They've also spent extra time on Oklahoma's Landry Jones and others, and will bring in Arizona dual-threat passer Matt Scott for a visit in the next week or so. Terms of Campbell's contract were unavailable, but a source said the deal "is strong'' meaning Campbell will be given a fair shot to win the starting job. At 31, he's only two years older than Weeden despite having played eight NFL seasons. "I just thought it is a good opportunity, and it's a young football team that's growing and ready to compete," Campbell told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I like the things that they are doing here in trying to turn things around and get going in the right direction."
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