Jason Campbell expected to compete for Browns starting quarterback

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Campbell is expected to compete with Brandon Weeden for the starting job in Cleveland, but the path to the starting lineup might not be that easy.

Quarterback Jason Campbell signed with the Cleveland Browns with the understanding that he would be given an opportunity to compete for the starting job, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

While that sounds like a solid opportunity for Campbell, his chances at winning the job may be slim. In seven seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, Campbell has started at least one game each season and was the starter for 12 or more games in four seasons .

None of those chances worked out too well for the former first-round selection, as his best season statistically came during his last season with the Redskins when the team finished 4-12. Also hurting his chances will be his competition in training camp and preseason.

With a new regime and coaching staff in Cleveland, there are no current ties to 2012 first-round pick, Brandon Weeden. However, the second-year quarterback could win the job anyway. Weeden, 29, is just two years younger than Campbell and struggled during his rookie season, but looked better near the tail end of the year. With improvement over the offseason, Weeden could show enough improvement to beat Campbell for the starting spot.

Also possible is the addition of another player through the draft or even via trade, as Cabot reported that some believe New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett could still be a target for the team. Out of the mix, though, will be Colt McCoy, as ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports that the addition of Campbell "undoubtedly spells the end" of McCoy's time with the team.

Statistically, Campbell would appear to be the best player on the roster at quarterback, but by the time training camp and preseason are under way in August, that may not be the case.

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