Jason Campbell: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent QB

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jason Campbell warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)
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After spending last season in pseudo-retirement, there was speculation on Wednesday that free-agent quarterback Jason Campbell was ready to make an NFL return.

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Campbell Not Eyeing NFL Return

Thursday, May 12

"Want to officially let the world know I'm ready to play again in 2016. If any team is interested in my services contact my agent Joel Segal," a Campbell Twitter account stated Wednesday.

However, ESPN's Josina Anderson revealed on Thursday morning that this was not Campbell's Twitter account and he is "not coming back to the NFL, at this time." 

Campbell Would be Serviceable Veteran If He Returned

Campbell, 34, last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. He played in four games, completing 11 passes on 19 attempts for 74 yards. The 2005 first-round pick also played for Washington, the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.

While he never amounted to a star in his decade-long NFL career, Campbell recorded 79 career starts and threw for 16,771 yards and 87 touchdowns against 60 interceptions. Teams unfortunately recorded a 32-47 record in those starts, and Campbell had only two winning seasons as a starter.

The Indianapolis Colts contacted him midway through last year when Andrew Luck went down, but Campbell seemed happy out of football.

“The most important thing for me is just spending some family time. You’re playing football for so many years—you’re always gone, you’re always on the road, doing different things, and you never get a chance to spend that time with your family," Campbell said in November on ESPN 980 (via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post). 

At the time of the November interview, he said he was considering media work over football. 

Campbell may never have been an above-average quarterback, but he also wasn't a train wreck. Given the state of quarterback play around the league, he's probably better than half the backups who have jobs now. It's not like 34 is especially old for a quarterback. 

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