Jason Campbell QB CIN 4 Months

Speaking Thursday, Bengals OC Hue Jackson made it clear new backup Jason Campbell isn't a threat to Andy Dalton's starting job.

"In no way is (Campbell) supplanting Andy Dalton," Jackson said. "I like our quarterback. ... But Jason is a veteran guy who has played in a lot of offenses and has won a lot of games. I think he can help Andy with some of the knowledge that he's picked up." Dalton has been far from perfect in his three years on the job in Cincinnati, but will continue to have a long leash. Only injury could force Campbell into the lineup.

Jason Campbell QB CIN 4 Months

The Bengals are reportedly in talks to acquire free agent QB Jason Campbell.

Campbell to the Bengals makes some sense. The 32-year-old Campbell had his best success in the NFL under Bengals' OC Hue Jackson while both were in Oakland, and Cincinnati needs a solid, veteran backup behind Andy Dalton. Campbell posted an 11:8 TD-to-INT ratio in eight starts in 2013.

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Browns released QB Jason Campbell.

Campbell was owed a $250,000 roster bonus on Thursday, but was never expected to be retained. He joins former teammate Brandon Weeden on the unemployment line. The moves are a clear sign the Browns are targeting a quarterback in the first round of May's draft, though for now Brian Hoyer sits alone atop the depth chart. Campbell and his long release were surprisingly effective at times in 2013, but were heavily managed and manipulated by OC Norv Turner. Nevertheless, he vaults to the near the top of a pitiful quarterback market.

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Jason Campbell is owed a $250,000 roster bonus on Thursday.

He's going to be released before then. Once Campbell hits the market, he'll join Michael Vick, Josh McCown, Josh Freeman, and Shaun Hill as a top-five free agent quarterback, although that isn't saying a whole lot. Campbell finished the 2013 season with an 11:8 TD-to-INT ratio across eight starts.

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ESPN Cleveland fully expects the Browns to release Jason Campbell.

Campbell, 32, triggered an escalator in his contract because he played 45 percent of the snaps this past season and is now due $3.25 million in 2014. Beat writer Tony Grossi believes that's far too high a price to pay for a guy who was 1-7 as a starter and complained about the cold weather. Campbell and Brandon Weeden are expected to get pink slips this offseason, while Brian Hoyer (ACL surgery) should return to join an early-round draft pick at quarterback.

Jason Campbell QB CIN 7 Months

Jason Campbell completed 23-of-41 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Cleveland's 20-7, Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

Campbell also lost a fumble, and took three sacks. As has been the case throughout much of his career, he made a habit of holding onto the ball for too long. Although Campbell proved to be a far-superior option to Brandon Weeden this season, he's still someone who needs to be managed and manipulated to succeed. Things would have been far uglier had he not had the league's leading receiver in Josh Gordon to throw the ball up to. Nevertheless, he showed more than enough to be back for 2014, where he'll earn an affordable $2 million. Campbell will be a backup, either to a rookie or Brian Hoyer.

Jason Campbell QB CIN 7 Months

Jason Campbell will start Sunday's Week 17 game against the Steelers.

Brandon Weeden will be the backup and Alex Tanney will be the third-stringer once again. Coach Rob Chudzinski has no interest in giving someone else a chance even though Campbell has gone 41-of-79 (51.8 percent) for 451 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in the last two games. He'd be a poor QB2 bet against a Steelers team with an outside shot at making the playoffs.

Jason Campbell QB CIN 8 Months

Jason Campbell completed 29-of-44 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns in Week 14 against the Patriots.

Making his first appearance since suffering a Week 12 concussion, Campbell looked pretty sharp as he peppered Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon with targets. It shouldn't be too difficult with those two athletic freaks in your arsenal. Campbell appeared to have led the Browns to an upset victory over the Patriots, but New England scored two touchdowns in the final 1:04 to win 27-26. Campbell's three scores went to Gordon, Cameron, and Gary Barnidge on a broken play. Campbell will be a low-end QB2 next week against Chicago.

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Jason Campbell (concussion) is active and will start Sunday's Week 14 games against the Patriots.

Campbell returns after missing last week's game against the Jaguars. Brandon Weeden (concussion) is inactive. Caleb Hanie will be the backup. Campbell isn't a recommended fantasy option on the road in his return. Also inactive for the Browns are QB Alex Tanney, TE MarQueis Gray, OT Martin Wallace, OG Garrett Gilkey, OT Reid Fragel, TE Keavon Milton, and WR Josh Cooper.

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Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to start Sunday's Week 14 game against the Patriots.

Campbell practiced each of the past two days after being cleared for exercise earlier in the week. Campbell's reinsertion into the lineup is good news for Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron owners who were dreading a possible Caleb Hanie or Alex Tanney start. Campbell is Rotoworld's No. 26 QB this week.