The Bears wanted to re-sign Jason Campbell, but they also recognized that he'd have options.
Terms of Campbell's deal isn't yet known.
"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 Sun-Times. "I like the things that they are doing here in trying to turn things around and get going in the right direction."
Campbell said he's also looking forward to the offense that new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will run.
"It's similar to Al Saunders and Hugh Jackson systems I've ran before," he said.
Last season, after struggling with Caleb Hanie, the Bears signed Campbell to a one-year deal that paid him $3.5 million. Campbell, though, lost his only start, a blowout loss to the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.
Campbell was looking for a chance to compete, and the Browns are expected to give him that opportunity. He'll battle with Brandon Weeden to start. The club overhauled management in the offseason, though, and they could even consider drafting at the position.
With Campbell officially off the market, veteran Josh McCown would seemingly have a better shot of returning to the Bears. But there are several other options, as well, not to mention the NFL Draft.