The Bears are suddenly thin at the quarterback position after Jason Campbell bolted Chicago for the Browns on a two-year deal late Tuesday night. Campbell is projected to backup Brandon Weeden and may get the opportunity to compete for the starting job.
Campbell appeared in six games and made one start for the Bears in 2012, passing for 265 yards to go with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.
The 31-year-old Campbell was selected 25th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Auburn by the Washington Redskins. In 77 career games played over seven years with the Redskins, Raiders and Bears, Campbell has thrown for 14,682 yards with 76 touchdowns and 52 interceptions.
Currently, the Bears only have two quarterbacks on their roster with Jay Cutler and practice squad member Matt Blanchard. Phil Emery knows the importance of having a veteran backup, having signed Campbell on Day 1 of free agency in 2012.
Some of the current signal-callers on the free agent market include: Former Bears Rex Grossman and Caleb Hanie, Byron Leftwich, Matt Leinart, Josh McCown, Brady Quinn and Tyler Thigpen.