On Tuesday, the Browns found that in 31-year-old quarterback Jason Campbell.
Campbell was signed to a two-year deal and is expected to give Weeden plenty of competition for the starting job. While never fantastic, Campbell has been serviceable in his seven seasons. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement, but Campbell hasn’t always been surrounded by great talent, either. In other words, he’ll fit in perfectly with the Browns.
His best season came in 2009 with the Redskins, as he threw for 3,618 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He was traded to the Raiders before the 2010 season and went 4-2 in his first six starts in 2011 before breaking his collarbone and missing the rest of the season.
Is Campbell really the answer in Cleveland? No, but the former first-round pick might just light a fire under Weeden. But there is also the possibility that Campbell will be the Browns’ next starting quarterback. Anything could happen, and Campbell has shown glimpses beyond mediocrity, but it’s clear the Browns need to find an actual answer to the quarterback position through the draft.
If it doesn’t happen this year, it needs to happen soon.