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Browns sign veteran QB Jason Campbell, who will compete with Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 26, 2013

The Browns have signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year deal, the team announced tonight.

Campbell, 31, served as a backup last season for the Chicago Bears. He will brought in to compete against incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Campbell hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2011, when he played for the Oakland Raiders. In Week 6 of that season, Campbell suffered a season-ending broken collarbone against the Browns when linebackers Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita hit him. Campbell was off to a 3-2 start before the injury.

Campbell has started 71 of the 77 career games in which he has appeared. His record as a starter is 31-40. The Washington Redskins picked Campbell in the first round (No. 25 overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

“Jason is an established leader who has started a number of games in this league and has had success,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a news release. “He brings us a veteran presence and a good set of physical tools. He played in a similar system when he was in Oakland and that will help in his transition.”

Campbell has completed 1,328-of-2,182 passes (60.9 percent) for 14,682 yards and 76 touchdowns with 52 interceptions. His career passer rating is 82.5.

“We are excited to have Jason as a member the Cleveland Browns,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said in the release. “He is a veteran player who has been productive throughout his career and will be a good addition to our team.”

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