New Browns quarterback Jason Campbell said coach Rob Chudzinski has promised him nothing other than a chance to compete with incumbent starter Brandon Weeden.
Campbell is fine with that, even though he still believes he’s capable of starting in the NFL. CEO Joe Banner told WKNR (850-AM) today that Weeden will take reps with the first-team offense this offseason.
“Coach hasn’t said anything or promised anything,” Campbell said this afternoon during a conference call with reporters. … “Whatever my role is, I’m going to give 100 percent at it, and I’m going to compete at 100 percent at each role and I’m going to help along the way.
"I understand Weeden was a first-round draft pick last year. I understand at the same time, he’s going to have an opportunity to grow as well. I’m not really going to get caught up into everything, the speculation that might be going on. I’m just going to go out there and play hard every day in practice, try to work to get better and help along the way.”
Campbell, 31, signed a two-year deal reportedly worth $3.75 million on Tuesday. He said he's willing to mentor Weeden, 29, whom the Browns picked 22nd overall in last year’s draft.
“There’s going to be some highs and lows that you go through at this position,” Campbell said. “Teams are really good. Players are really good these days. [I can] show him a few ins and outs, leadership qualities and just continue to try to help him along the way to get better as a player in every possible way. … I’m definitely willing to help him. He’s older in age, but still young in the league. There are some things that I can talk to him and help him with.”
Campbell said suffering a season-ending broken collarbone against the Browns while he played for the Oakland Raiders in 2011 was “real tough.” Campbell believes he was in his prime and just beginning to gain control of the system. He spent this past season with the Chicago Bears, serving as Jay Cutler’s backup.
When asked if he believes he’s still a starter in the NFL, Campbell said, “Yeah, I still believe I can play that position … “I definitely feel like I still can play at a high level.”
Campbell also said he’s capable of running the read-option offense Chudzinski employed during the past two years as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.
“It’s definitely something I can do,” Campbell said. “The way that they run it, from seeing the way they used to do it in Carolina and places like that, it’s not like they ask a whole lot out of the quarterback that’s doing it. But it does keep defenses on their heels and adds another dimension. It’s definitely something I can do.”