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Jason Campbell joins the Bengals

Bengals latest team to employ Jason Campbell
Bengals latest team to employ Jason Campbell
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The Cincinnati Bengals' 2014 free agency activity has been tempered at best. Thursday, March 20, 2014, the Bengals added just their second free agency signing of the off-season.

Jason Campbell, 32-year old Auburn grad and nine-year NFL veteran, becomes the latest back-up quarterback on the team roster, according to ESPN. Campbell, who has played for four teams since being drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins in 2005, has bounced around to the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns, acting in both a starting and back-up capacity.

Campbell served primarily as the starter during his four-year stint in Washington. His best season was his last season for the Redskins in 2009, throwing for 3,618 yards, 20 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.4, all of which are career highs.

Despite his respectable 2009 campaign, Washington ended the season at a franchise-low four wins and 15 losses. This prompted the team, under then-new coach Mike Shanahan to acquire Donovan McNabb and trade Campbell to Oakland. With Oakland, Campbell traded the starting duties with Bruce Gradkowski in the 2010 season and started the 2011 season as the team starter. After he suffered a collarbone injury, the Raiders acquired Carson Palmer and Campbell signed as a free agent to back up Jay Cutler in Chicago for 2012.

Campbell showed signs of life during the 2013 season with Cleveland. The Browns suffered injuries to both Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden, causing rotation at the starting quarterback position. Campbell finally received a chance to start mid-season and played nine games, finishing the year with a respectable 2,015 yards, 11 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and a rating of 76.9.

Upon being released on March 12, 2014, the Bengals signed Campbell to a one-year deal with terms undisclosed. With 16,697 career yards, 87 career touchdowns, 60 career picks and a career rating of 81.8, Campbell should prove to be a reliable back-up and mentor to Andy Dalton. Could the Bengals be looking to use Campbell to push Dalton past the first round of the playoffs as starting position competition?

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