Find me another profession where you can be considered elite one week1 and unemployed just a few weeks later. Such could be the case for Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell who, per ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, is expected to be released due to triggered escalators in his contract.
Campbell, who was leapfrogged by Brian Hoyer after Brandon Weeden’s first bout with the injury bug, played more than 45 percent of the team’s snaps in 2013 and, in turn, is due a crispy $3.25 million in 2014. While we may never know if the escalator played into the initial decision to start Hoyer prior to his injury, the 32-year-old Campbell was just 1-7 as a starter and regressed mightily over the final few weeks of the season as the team spiraled into a place that ultimately cost their first-year head coach his job.
Campbell is, however, expected to be joined by former first-round quarterback Brandon Weeden whose contract contains $2 million in guarantees, leaving the Browns with Hoyer—coming off a torn ACL—and whichever quarterback they land in the offseason. They are widely expected to use their first-round pick on a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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On November 8, as things were looking a bit brighter for the Browns, Campbell was in the midst of captaining a team that was considererd (by at least one person) to be the best in the AFC North, and was given the “elite” tag. This column also stated that the Browns “hit a home run” with Rob Chudzinski… [↩]