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Bears in deep negotiations with Jason Campbell

Oakland Raiders' Campbell keeps an eye on his pass as he is pressured by Houston Texans' Harris during their NFL football game in Houston Reuters

Florio is reporting that the Bears are currently in “deep negotiations” to sign free agent quarterback Jason Campbell.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also mentioned Chicago as a likely destination for Campbell, during a Tuesday appearance on NFL Live.

Campbell would serve as Jay Cutler’s backup in Chicago, upgrading a troublesomely weak position. Caleb Hanie and Todd Collins have served in the role, and both flopped.

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47 Responses to “Bears in deep negotiations with Jason Campbell”
  1. lolb23 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:17 PM

    Suh will push him into the ground too

  2. rujusten says: Mar 13, 2012 5:17 PM

    Have him…good character guy, but is a back up at best.

  3. spellingcopfather says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    Damn I was thinking raiders back up again, good luck tho JC!!!

  4. hawkitnow says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    i love the free agency period. it’s like christmas in march.

  5. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    This would be an excellent move for the Bears. They got rid of half their QB injury problem when they kicked Martz out of town. Get Campbell, and it’s a huge upgrade over Hanie, if something bad happens to Cutler again.

  6. aberystwyth2 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    i was hoping he’d come to KC and provide some “competition” for Cassel

  7. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    Very smart signing if they can do it. Their backup situation kinda, sorta sucked last year…

  8. marionbarber24isgod says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    Love Jason Campbell. He’s a very smart QB. I still think he can start in this league with a team who actually have some receivers.

  9. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 13, 2012 5:19 PM

    Jason is a great guy and with good protection can make some throws. But ultimately he hesitates too often and makes bad mistakes.

    By the way, it looks like he is going out for a pass in that picture lol

  10. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 5:19 PM

    Wow, that’d be nice but the black side of me had hoped he get a starting job somewhere. But, the Bears fan in me says at least GM knows gift wrapping the Lions a playoff spot was a big mistake.

  11. ampats says: Mar 13, 2012 5:20 PM

    Good move for the Bears. Rumors had him going to the Jets where I thought he could win the starting job. There is no way he is starting ahead of Cutler but Cutler does tend to get injured.

  12. bmwaldrop says: Mar 13, 2012 5:20 PM

    More teams should be going after him. He’d be an upgrade in so many places (assuming they don’t sign Manning) like Seattle, Miami, Arizona, Denver, etc. Hell Kansas City should sign him to compete with Cassel.

  13. sirsupersouthern says: Mar 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    If the Bears somehow get Mario Williams too I’d very impressed with what they’ve done in free agency. Throw in a solid draft and Chicago could contend next year…

  14. wipackman1265 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    Non story

    We want Caleb !!!!! We Want Caleb !!!

  15. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    Always a class act. Dumb as a rock though.

  16. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    I’m starting to like this Phil Emery guy as GM. Pull off Mario Williams and this signing and you’ve got me!

  17. touchmyfootballs says: Mar 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    It’ll be good to have a guy like Campbell on the bench when Cutler quits on them again.

  18. fu7ur3pr00f says: Mar 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    Hmmmm…so this is what a real GM looks like?

  19. weimtime says: Mar 13, 2012 5:23 PM

    Why? Is he good friends with Mario Williams?

  20. stengy says: Mar 13, 2012 5:23 PM

    would have liked him to compete in KC

  21. rickditka says: Mar 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    I’m so happy Jerry Angelo is gone.

  22. r8rsfan says: Mar 13, 2012 5:25 PM

    Good luck to Campbell – he did a great job in Oakland. He’s a smart guy and he brings class to wherever he goes. Can make all the throws without the drama – Cutler should take note.

  23. fthrvic says: Mar 13, 2012 5:27 PM

    Are “deep negotiations” different that regular negotiations? And if so, wouldn’t you want to go into “deep negotiations” with some of more prominence than Jason Campbell?

  24. jutts says: Mar 13, 2012 5:28 PM

    Man, I hope they sign him. I think he would be a great back-up to Cutler. It has to be a better option than the Bears have had.

  25. howiehandles says: Mar 13, 2012 5:29 PM

    Who is this Ray Emery, and what has he done with the Bear’s front office?

    I’d like to see them go after Winston, or even/and, another WR.

    Then maybe a DE, G, OLB, or DB in the first two rounds.

    “Can make all the throws without the drama – Cutler should take note.”

    But at the end of the day, Campbell is still a backup. The drama with Cutler is from the media, not from Cutler. I would hate to be in the spotlight, but would like the paychecks.

  26. raider17 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:31 PM

    He could have stayed with the Raiders to be a
    backup! That’s ok, I’d rather Pryor be the backup
    anyway.

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  27. rastaraider says: Mar 13, 2012 5:31 PM

    JC backing up JC ha

  28. brenenostler says: Mar 13, 2012 5:31 PM

    Jason Campbell: “I’m a starter.”

  29. rr2000k says: Mar 13, 2012 5:36 PM

    Why?

  30. gassiusclay says: Mar 13, 2012 5:37 PM

    I’m Glad people are finally seeing that he is a very good athlete, a professional to the max, a great teammate…but a #2. I’m a Skins fan, and wish we kept him over getting McNabb, that said, it always surprised me that people said he didn’t “make it” as a QB because of the Skins. He didn’t “make it” because he is not elite…he’s good enough to play for any team, but I don’t think as a starter.

    I do wish him the best…and if the Bears continue to make these free agent signings, they are looking tough!

  31. sammythebull44 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:41 PM

    raider17 says:
    Mar 13, 2012 5:31 PM
    He could have stayed with the Raiders to be a
    backup! That’s ok, I’d rather Pryor be the backup
    anyway.

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

    Pryor is and will be a major BUST as a QB!!!!!

  32. n0hopeleft says: Mar 13, 2012 5:42 PM

    Good move by the Bears after what happened.

  33. dubblelznhell says: Mar 13, 2012 5:43 PM

    Campbell’s career rating is pretty damn good considering all the coordinators and systems he’s been through

  34. smiggles20 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:44 PM

    Good guy but quite an average qb.

    His best asset was his ability to look like a 7 year old girl when he scrambled. He’s kind of a pansy.

  35. lbraiders says: Mar 13, 2012 5:44 PM

    Over rated can’t throw the deep ball no confidence Glad he’s no longer with my raiders !!

  36. davidpoopy says: Mar 13, 2012 5:46 PM

    hawkitnow says:
    Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM
    i love the free agency period. it’s like christmas in march.

    as a redskins fan, i used to think the same… but not this year.. this year we got coal in our stocking.. and by coal in our stocking i mean two undersized receivers

  37. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 13, 2012 5:50 PM

    It’s a good move for the Bears. It’s an important position for them……it’s only matter of time before packs it in for the season.

  38. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 13, 2012 5:51 PM

    thought he wanted to start.

  39. bayoubauer says: Mar 13, 2012 5:52 PM

    I wonder what his favorite Lionel Ritchie song is.

  40. kvanhorn87 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:58 PM

    Hey McNabb, your hometown team would rather have Jason Campbell. Ouch. And all the media experts criticized the Eagles for trading him and the Philly fans for wanting him traded. You can bash all you want but the last laugh goes to Philly.

  41. knew8411 says: Mar 13, 2012 6:05 PM

    Uh Oh….here we go, doesnt anyone else remember what happened when Cutler’s former team started sniffing around at a QB. Hope they have a “pull up your big boy panties, and quit your whining” clause in Cutler’s deal.

  42. raiderdave says: Mar 13, 2012 6:10 PM

    I know he wanted a starting gig, or at least a legitimate shot at earning one, but this is probably the next best thing for Campbell. Cutler is somewhat injury prone (mostly due to the weak O-line), and Campbell would be quite the upgrade over Hanie and Collins.

    As a Raiders’ fan, Campbell is truly a class act, and a fantastic presence in the community. It was very unfortunate how his time in Oakland came to an end, but I wish him only the very best, as he really is one of the NFL’s good guys.

  43. natisportsnut says: Mar 13, 2012 6:11 PM

    Shouldn’t it read “The Bears are in deep poop if they are having negotiations with Jason Campbell”

  44. kozmo10 says: Mar 13, 2012 6:30 PM

    Lovie wants Cutler out. Campbell fits with Lovie’s blacks for Obama campaign.

  45. hscorpio says: Mar 13, 2012 7:00 PM

    Why would Campbell move so quickly to someplace where he’d have zero chance to compete to play? There are plenty of backup QB jobs open. Why not pick one with a less stable starter?

  46. kosarsmyidol says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    I was hoping that the Browns would give him a look. They have so many holes that they need to fill in the draft, and it’d be good to have a solid veteran to push McCoy. Plus, Campbell has to be pretty sharp to have learned so many offensive schemes.

  47. nobamano says: Mar 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    knew8411 says: Mar 13, 2012 6:05 PM

    Uh Oh….here we go, doesnt anyone else remember what happened when Cutler’s former team started sniffing around at a QB. Hope they have a “pull up your big boy panties, and quit your whining” clause in Cutler’s deal.

    Dude, what rock have you been living under? Is there an MSNBC version of Sports News you’ve been getting your “facts” from? I actually live in Aurora, Colorado and watched the nightmare unfold!
    The difference is
    1) Our HC is not an ego-maniac with “little-dude” syndrome bent on “showing the world” his genius as a personnel dude; like it or not, Bears decisions are not made by one person
    2) Our HC won’t look Jay in the eye and lie in his face while flirting with a sub-par QB (Casell)
    2) Our owner won’t pretend not to remember promising not to F with the #2 Ranked Offense
    3) Don’t see the Bears trading Marshall
    4) We don’t have a mini-me version of Bill Belichick (w/o the brains)
    5) Lovie (like him or not) has been to a Superbowl (2007) and a NFC Championship (2010) and was 7-3 before losing his starting QB; Hoodie-lite has been on 4 different teams in that time! Do your homework!

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