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Bears would like Jason Campbell back

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The expectation was that veteran quarterback Jason Campbell would serve as Jay Cutler's backup in 2012 then head elsewhere.

But indications are that the Bears would like Campbell back -- and he's receptive to that possibility. Campbell Throw.jpg

Despite leading the improvement of the Oakland Raiders offense, Campbell was ousted when he was injured then replaced by Carson Palmer, who then head coach Hue Jackson had worked with in Cincinnati.

Campbell didn't get any chances to start or compete early in free agency last offseason, and he elected to join the Bears to work under coach Lovie Smith and alongside Cutler.

He signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, including a $2 million signing bonus.

Campbell had a strong training camp and the Bears were pleased with him. But he struggled in his lone start, on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, he was 14 of 22 for 107 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. In that game, he was sacked six times.

With Matt Moore re-signing with the Miami Dolphins, however, Campbell, 31, could become an appealing option for a team that's looking for a veteran to push a young quarterback.

The available free agent class is relatively weak.

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Though he did not show his value much in San Francisco, I hope he stays with the Bears. As a back-up he is probably the best option available, but of course the Bears need to start thinking about grooming a replacement for Cutler some time down the line.

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