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Jason Campbell signs two-year deal with Browns

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The Bears wanted to re-sign Jason Campbell, but they also recognized that he'd have options.

On Tuesday night, Campbell agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source. Campbell Snow.jpg

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.

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A great example of how an athlete's NFL career is almost entirely dependent on his draft position. Campbell had years to demonstrate in Washington and Oakland that he was tall, strong, muscular, and without any sort of feel for the speed of the game. Had he been drafted in the fourth round you would hear no more from him. Show me any difference at all between his performance for the Bears and that of Henry Burris.

I love the NFL Draft almost as much as the game itself, but it is also toxic for the long-term development of athletes who are often still children when they enter the professional ranks and might need five years or more to perfect their craft. If DJ Moore was a first-round pick, he would still be on the Bears. Had Lance Louis been a first-rounder he would have had a long-term deal in place last August going into camp. Sure, this game is unfair, but the way team administrators play into this fixed mindset just magnifies the unfairness. The Browns could have paid me a simple thousand bucks consulting fee and I could have saved them from this waste of money.

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