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Browns CEO Joe Banner said earlier in the offseason that they'd like to bring in competition to push 2012 starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, and they did so by signing free agent Jason Campbell. Though Weeden will begin OTAs and minicamp as the team's starter, Campbell will apparently be given the opportunity to outperform the incumbent and earn his job.
Campbell has had starting experience with three teams: the Washington Redskins, the Oakland Raiders and, last season, with the Chicago Bears for one game after starter Jay Cutler sat out for a week with a concussion. Constant coaching changes in Washington cost him his job there, while a broken collarbone ended what looked to be shaping up to be his best professional season in Oakland in 2011. He's certainly qualified enough to present a challenge for Weeden.
It's not out of the question that the Browns bring in another quarterback through the draft, which could make this two-way competition a three-way dance for Cleveland's starting job. However, at present, it's simply Weeden vs. Campbell, with Weeden having a slight edge at the present time.
There are many realistic scenarios that could play out for Campbell this year. One is that he wins the job outright from under Weeden, and the other is that he doesn't and spends the season as Weeden's backup. Another scenario could see Weeden begin the season as the starter, but if he falters or is injured, Campbell will take over.
At the very least, Campbell is a capable backup who is well-suited to the Browns' current offensive system. At most, he can definitely step in as a stopgap starter if Weeden doesn't pan out.